Classic film fan. The 'favorite films' on my profile are my favourite films directed by each of my four favourite filmmakers.
I had seen this once before (several years ago), and while I had forgotten most of the plot, a number of sequences had stuck with me. The windmill, umbrella, watchtower and plane crash sequences are classic Hitchcock, and alone justify at least one viewing.
The plot is for the most part pretty intriguing, and the performances are all quite good. This is definitely one of the better 'b' tier Hitchcock films.
The runtime is too long and the pacing drags…
Wow. This is even better than I expected. De Niro, Pacino and Pesci are astounding. It has the energy and pacing of Scorsese's earlier films, but with a sense of sadness and melancholy that separates it. It at times reminded me more of Leone's 'Once upon a time in America' and Kurosawa's 'Ikiru' than earlier Scorsese. It certainly has more of an emotional impact than 'Goodfellas' and 'Casino'.
Any issues I have are pretty minor and don't really matter too much- it drags a little in the first hour and final act, and the de-aging is initially a tad distracting.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A masterpiece that rewards repeat viewings. It's such an empathetic look at the people who are left behind as everything around them changes and evolves. While Tarantino clearly loves Dalton and Booth, he understands that change is inevitable and is often for the best. Dalton's inability to remain relevant is largely due to his own inability to embrace change, and Booth, while lovable and sexy deserves to be left behind. Tate, on the other hand was entirely wonderful, and Tarantino…
The synergy on display here is astounding. Bong Joon-ho has clearly established himself as a master manipulator. The camerawork is so fluid and seamless, the story is so engaging and the performances are so natural, that the tonal shifts feel completely effortless and natural. I spent much of the runtime squirming and covering my mouth to avoid screaming "oh fuck!". It may seem premature, but I think it might be destined to become an all-time great. I can't wait to rewatch.