Hail to the king, baby!
Right from the start Lumet kidnaps you and throws you into the world he’s created. During the opening credits I foolishly had to pause to discern the movie from reality. It’s the small details here that really draw you in. Frank Serpico is a character that feels real, perhaps it helps that he was but here it’s all about Pacino and the direction of Lumet. Pacino never plays it straight forward here and avoids the obvious hard nosed cop/anti establishment hippie stereotypes. He walks the line perfectly in between leading us to never really know what he’ll do in any given situation. Beautiful.
The art of the mustache. How many mustaches constitutes a good time at the movies? Then again it’s important to acknowledge the fact that not all mustaches were created equal. Any Sam Elliot movie only needs one mustache. No debate. When it comes to a movie like this that doesn’t star one of the founding fathers of mustache cinema, you need to adapt. You have to. That’s exactly what we get out of Free Fire. Mustaches in spades. It’s sexy, groovy and a hell of a lot a fun.
What a gutsy film.
It takes so many risks and they all pay off. I love the Coen brothers. I’m always blown away by their films somehow. Recently in school we’re somewhat kinda learning about the heroes journey and how most films follow a certain formula and so on. Personally I’m not a big fan of using a certain formula to make films by, but it seems to be a big success if done properly. But that’s what I love…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a hangout film. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. It may be a little unconventional by standards but it is by all means a hangout film. Three different random days we get to spend with all these different characters just jammin and laughing with them.
Easily the best film of the year. The performances, the dialogue, the soundtrack.
For me the soundtrack itself is 5 stars. I highly encourage you to search up the soundtrack, get in your…