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El Jefe

Lance,

Had exactly the same reaction, chief, and many (though not all) of the same perceptions about the film. Ford and Fanning are two of the most believable teenagers I've seen in quite some time, in terms of embodying people we have met among our own friends' kids and our kids' circles of friends (says the guy with one daughter about to graduate high school and another starting to hit puberty.) And Ford did a remarkably good job, to my mind, of looking like his father (Damon), both in his physical appearance and those ways our kids (and us before them, and our parents before that, turtles all the way down) "look" like those parts of ourselves they embody and remake in their own way and rebel against and embrase a little embarrassedly and all the other bits in which Crowe takes an interest when he makes movies. Love Church. I always do but, really, this was one of his best rounds of pointed ad-libbery (especially the mumbled bits, how many comic actors can do quite so much with a mumble) in quite a while. (Frankly I loved Macfayden too, especially that beautiful line in front of the bear near the end.) And I watched it myself at a weekend Easter retreat at my in-laws, cooped up in their little retirement manse among the tall firs of Sunriver, OR, on a Blu-Ray so clear it looked like the scenes shot outside were on videotape, probably a quality Crowe was actually aiming for.

El Jefe

Also, in the interests of getting maudlin, what a beautiful philosophy right at the end, in two words. Indeed.

Ken Muldrew

Loved the movie, loved the review, except for this: "in the rangy way of someone who does a lot of hard physical work outdoors and is regularly too busy to eat a proper meal". I dare you to try it!

I also didn't think Damon's quick-witted responses to his son's outbursts were believable, even though they weren't what a child psychologist would call "optimal". In fact, the inappropriate parts of his retorts seemed to be put in by hand, not quite fitting with the quick and angry mess of words that would normally be spoken. But then again, real dialogue has no place in the movies. I wonder how it would sound to someone who hasn't been through it (hell, I mean).

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