kevinknapman wrote:A solid enough effort from Clint Eastwood I thought with some tense sequences during both the combat and, more surprisingly perhaps, the domestic scenes as Bradley Cooper's character struggles to adjust to life back home in the US.
It's just a shame that they don't spend more time exploring his PTSD issues in greater depth. Though Cooper gives a fine performance in the lead with decent support from Sienna Miller as his wife.
It is however slightly undermined by the worst fake baby I've ever seen in a major Hollywood movie. It totally took me out of the movie whenever it appeared, it was so bad. A shame that something so stupid mars an otherwise decent if unremarkable film. It bothered me more than the flag-waving patriotism to be honest. But then details like this that are likely to take you out of a film seem to be a blind spot these days with Eastwood who chooses to shoot very quickly and doesn't seem to care too much about reshoots. Both his previous films J Edgar and Jersey Boys suffered from terrible aging make-up which had a similar distracting effect.
Spot on comments about both the film and the baby/make up - why would they let shoddy stuff like that through on a big Hollywood movie in this day and age when pretty much anything can be realistically rendered on screen.
The film was gripping and the US scenes were a nice break and balance to the more action packed combat parts of the movie 8/10
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(My realistic personal target is to beat 2013's record 91)
Film of 2019 Wild Rose, Shazam!, Avengers, Eighth Grade, The Farewell 9/10
Films of 2018 Coco, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Avengers, MI: Fallout, Quiet Place, Stan & Ollie all 9/10
Film of 2017: Paddington 2 10/10
Films of 2016: Sing Street, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I, Daniel Blake, Sully 10/10
Films of 2015: Star Wars, Whiplash, Ex Machina, Minions all 9.5/10
Films of 2014: Pride 10/10 The Imitation Game 10/10
Films of 2013: Good Vibrations, Song for Marion, Alan Partridge, Captain Phillips - all 9.5/10
Films of 2012: The Muppets 10/10 Untouchable 10/10 Argo 10/10
Films of 2011: R.O.T.P.O.T.A. - 9.5/10 The Artist - 9.5/10 Mi4 - 9.5/10
Films of 2010: Kick Ass - 9.5/10 & Toy Story 3 - 9.5/10 Film of 2009: Up 10/10