Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Good Movie?

Movie review time again. Watched The Good German on DVD tonight. Has George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire.

The best thing about it was seeing Tobey Maguire's character die less than half way though the movie. Ooops. Did I spoil the movie for you? Sorry. No. Not really. I figure if you still want to see the movie after reading this review, then I didn't spoil anything at all for you.

Maguire's character is a foul mouthed, egotistical, girlfriend punching womanizer.

The Good German is an attempt to capture the charm and nostalgia of 1940's films a la Casablanca. The ending scene even has the two main characters parting ways at an airplane...

The attempt fails. Once Tobey opens his foul mouth, you know instantly that this movie wasn't made 60 years prior. It also fails to provide a story that can be followed, or characters that we care about at all. It took me 20 minutes after the movie ended to figure out what several people's motivations were for doing the significant things that they did. Kinda like at the end of the Sixth Sense, you look back and everything makes sense, and you say "Oh, cool". Except for this one, there was no "Oh, cool." Just "oh".

I want my 2 hours back. The Good German is a bad movie.

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