Posted by Vincent at bg-tc-ppp1678.monmouth.com on August 24, 2001 at 16:13:56:
In Reply to: I didn't get my feelings hurt posted by Vincent on August 24, 2001 at 16:12:38:
: I just found it odd that the guy attacked the two elements that have gotten the best notices from reviewrs- the visuals and the performances.
: And regardless of what you think of some of the supporting players, what like 80% of the movie at least is dedicated to Ryan and Barret, and they're performances are really the ones that matter.
: BTW, regarding the scene with the father in the truck- that scene is meant to be "cringe inducing" but not for the reasons you site. I appreciate that it didn't work for you, but that's the first criticism of that scene that I've heard, and that scene is based on a real incident that I witnessed of a friend of mine being berated by his father right in front of me.
: As for Molly, well, let's just say I had to cut around her performance...
: : Vincent, bro, relax. He's not attacking you, he's just another moron writer on a DVD website that nobody goes to (I know I don't).
: : As far as visuals, I really enjoyed it. The tree motif was great, and the setups were well done. There seemed to be a lot of "Enter scene, sit down, talk" going on, but it's a talky script. This is accepted. Some exceptional framing in the death in the forest scene, and especially in the finale (the dad shot, for example).
: : The acting at times was not that good. The leads, sure. Some awkwardness showed through on them VERY slightly, but the supporting characters seemed to have the most trouble. The father scene in the truck just makes me cringe. Sorry, it does. The aunt seems VERY uncomfortable most of the time, as well as Jason Lee's wife (that is her playing the female supporting character, isn't it?).
: : These are my observations as a film-obsessed fan boy. A fantastic opening, considering the budget, time, resources, and performers. On an older board you can read my 3 star (out of 4) review.
: : Evan
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