Alexander Payne returns after a long hiatus, to make a simple yet remarkable film. And in Clooney he finds an actor who has aged like the most rarefied and expensive wine – smooth as silk.
The story is about a family coming to terms with a dreadful eventuality. A man is losing his wife, a child his mother and it’s not that simple! Clooney finds out that his “Now Comatose” wife was having an affair with someone. It’s his journey to come to terms with the thought of losing his wife, the regret of not giving her a lot of time, the anger of finding out she was going to leave him for someone, the anxiety of single parenting and much more. And Clooney gives an absolute masterclass of a performance. It’s a pity that he did not win the Oscar.
Watch it, it’s an emotional rollercoaster – with subtle comedy and powerful drama.
Rating: 8 / 10
A mystery, a weird family, an ageing Daniel Craig and a mercurious girl with the dragon tattoo – Fincher finds himself in familiar territory. After a couple of amazingly different films – Social Network and Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fincher is back to what he does best – Serial Killers. You can find shades of Zodiac, Seven in it. Infact it’s very similar to last year’s Polinski drama “Ghost Writer”, yet extremely different.
What makes it riveting is Craig’s strong performance, Rooney Mara’s amazing portrayal of the complex Lisbeth aka GWTDragonTattoo, the brilliant atmospherics, Zaillian’s screenplay and Fincher’s trademark style. Even though it’s 2 hrs 38 minutes long, it keeps you glued to your seat. What’s more important is that it stays with you much later.
It’s not Fincher’s best, but well, even then it’s better than the rest!
Rating: 7 / 10