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I liked it a lot too. I don't remember laughing much (that subplot with the kid liking the babysitter was just fucking creepy...), but it was entertaining and the cast was excellent. It did have some touching moments.
In Bruges (second viewing)- Better Than Sex.
Wow man. Three Better than Sexes in a row!
I know. It was a good weekend. ^_^
Title: "21 Grams"
Year Released: 2003
Produced By: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu & Robert Salerno
Directed By: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Screenplay By: Guillermo Arriaga
Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, & Benicio del Toro
Review: Wow, lets first start this review by stating anyone who doesn't like a lot of screaming, confusing jumps between the past, present, and future, and sad stories is going to hate "21 Grams." If you hate any of those things then stop reading this review, since "21 Grams" contains a shit load of each of the things I just mentioned. However if you don't mind the three things I just mentioned, then see "21 Grams" because it's one damn good movie. The story of "21 Grams" seems simple on the outside, an ex-convict born again christian (A fantastic del Toro), accidentally runs over and kills two little girls and their father who is married to a former druggie, now turned suburban mom (a powerful Naomi Watts.) The now dead father of the two girls has his heart transplanted to a critically ill mathematician (Penn) who in turn starts a relationship with the suburban mom. Sounds like a well crafted simple enough to understand story line, but it's not. This film is told in a convoluted non-linear structure, with three structures for each of the main characters. The past, present, and future. This would be fine if the director had found a way to have smoother transitions into different time sets. Many times in the film you'll be watching one scene in the future, and then jump back to the past with a different character and it leaves you wondering what just happened. And while the non-linear structure is not only not necessary, but also annoying, it doesn't ruin the film. And while I could single out many great aspects of the film ranging from the screenplay to the cinematography, the one thing that needs to be singled out is the acting. Every single member of the cast did a fantastic job in each of their roles. Specifically Benecio del Toro as the born again christian ex con. He brings the table such a nuanced performance it's stunning. He's able to perfectly portray a man who has finally found his place and cleaned up his act, but is now back where he started because he made one wrong turn, literally. The performances them selves make this movie worth watching, and if you haven't seen this film already go out and see it. The non-linear structure might annoy you, but the performances make it worth the while.
Final Grade: B+