I wish this beautiful story was told by a better writer/director. The script felt forced and dialogues seemed absolutely unnecessary. It felt more like they were asked to read out things from paper. The people and elephants deserved much better storytelling. Quite unbelievable to know this is an Oscar nomination.
Straw Dogs 1971
The only good thing about the film is the brilliant Dustin Hoffman. His portrayal of a nerdy Mathematician turning into a mad, mad man because he didn't want violence against his house can sound very funny on paper and I am sure it would have on screen as well, if not for Hoffman's acting. He almost made the film bearable. This is my first Peckinpah but I really didn't get the hype around him at all. I wish I could see this differently.
In the constant struggle between man and nature, what happens if one man wants to live a life co-existing with nature rather than fighting it?
A simple man whose life could have been ordinary if not for his ability to connect with nature, which essentially stands out making him vulnerable to men who want to exploit him, for their own benefits. And when he deters, there's no stopping the society; he is tagged an outlier, name-called, and his silence is…