Other Movies Seen By This Director (15)
- Born on the Fourth of July
- The Hand
- Heaven & Earth
- Natural Born Killers
- South of the Border
- Talk Radio
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- World Trade Center
|10.23.07||DVD|| With Oliver Stone on my mind lately (filmwise at least (perv!)), I decided to take another look at what I think is his best movie. To this day I'm astounded by the amount of information conveyed, the amount of characters involved, and the amount of style exhibited in this movie. It's really a marvel in itself that the movie comes together at all. Before all the controversy and politics and history, the underlying technical craftmanship of this film is really spectacular. I can't even imagine cutting this thing on a linear system. Unbelievable to me.|
I also think Stone and Bob Richardson's explosion of changing film stocks and speeds and styles set a trend that's still in use today. You see it in Tony Scott's work, you see it in Michael Bay's stuff, and especially in horror movies for some reason. Of course most of them still don't look as good (and don't have that bright white light shining down on people burning out the tops of their heads).
Kevin Costner... eh. to be honest I tend to forget he's in here. I suppose that's a good thing. I remember him getting flack for his accent when it first came out (I also remember every other aspect of the movie coming under fire before people had even seen it). The accent is what it is... I easily overlook it. I can't overlook the memory of how controversial this movie was for saying that the government had a hand in JFK's death and how utterly and completely I believe it today. I guess if I was a REAL critic, this is where I'd bring up W Bush and Iraq, huh.
So anyway, masterful storytelling. It's a real accomplishment to take on a subject as convoluted and gigantic as this and not only communicate the facts of the story but also make it a damn entertaining movie (even at 3 and a half hours!).
I enjoyed it so much I felt like Watching Nixon again.