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August 31, 2005

Broken Flowers

This is a fantastic movie but I can’t recommend you go see it. If you hated Lost In Translation and don’t get Bill Murray in Life Aquatic you should pass on this movie because you’ll be too busy comparing him to those other movies that you’ll miss the point of this movie.

Bill Murray is receiving rave reviews for his work in this film. I think he did a great job and can’t think of another actor I could’ve substituted but I don’t know if it’s worth raving about. He should be congratulated on a job well done but we don’t need to blow the performance out the water with hype. It seems inappropriate to the character he plays. Some people can’t seem to wrap their heads around a comedian to being able to act so well, clearly they don’t understand what is involved in being a successful comedian as far as timing and subtlety and their relation to acting are concerned.

Jeffrey Wright (Winston) on the other hand did an amazing job and I think any praise he gets is well deserved. I’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for him in future projects.

Along with all the great acting in this movie there is the set design, as well the soundtrack which are integral parts to the movie as well and should not be overlooked. For example, I kept noticing in almost every interior shot, every wall had a single picture hanging in the center, the significance, I don't know. I'm sure this movie will be dissected at great lengths in film classes in the future. Just another aspect of the movie to soak in as you’re watching. The music is also fantastic, I’ll definitely be checking out the soundtrack.

I think that Broken Flowers deserves multiple viewings to fully absorb and appreciate it. This movie will definitely have you talking about it after you leave the theater which I think is it's ultimate goal.

Posted by hypnobee at August 31, 2005 1:34 PM