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New George Clooney movie - (Original Post) cilla4progress Dec 2020 OP
Yes LunaSea Dec 2020 #1
Yes. We liked it. AllyCat Dec 2020 #2
Yes revmclaren Dec 2020 #3
Gave it a C- no real story, impossible scenarios.. not one of his best efforts Thekaspervote Dec 2020 #4
Extremely slow moving, poor (little) writing, and ultimately, a predictable ending. stopbush Dec 2020 #5
We really liked it RainCaster Dec 2020 #6
Watched last night snowybirdie Dec 2020 #7
I liked the production values yonder Dec 2020 #8
I liked it. procon Dec 2020 #9
Yeah, it's good. I'd give it an A for effort. B- for plot line problems. flying_wahini Dec 2020 #10
He reminded me of Brian Dennehy in the trailer. Lars39 Dec 2020 #11
Too many mulligans, too many dots that don't connect. LastDemocratInSC Dec 2020 #12
Muddled Loge23 Dec 2020 #13
I too thought the production values were great - cilla4progress Dec 2020 #14
Good take Loge23 Dec 2020 #15
Was ok. Slow. Fast forward through some of it. Fla Dem Dec 2020 #16
Me, too! cilla4progress Dec 2020 #18
I enjoyed it. bif Dec 2020 #17


(2,904 posts)
1. Yes
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 02:11 AM
Dec 2020

Very interesting visually, but I found the writing disappointing.
It does have a nice melancholy vibe, if that suits you, all the way to the end.


(5,370 posts)
7. Watched last night
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 07:04 AM
Dec 2020

I thought it entertaining, but hubby was bored. Hard to follow though. Scenes popping up with no explanation. One of those films that you need to pay absolute attention to or you miss what's happening all together. Not one of the best. I give it three stars.


(9,767 posts)
8. I liked the production values
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 07:38 AM
Dec 2020

but like post 4 said: impossible scenarios. The twist at the end was a surprise but not integral or necessary with the rest of the movie.

Solid C from my POV.


(15,805 posts)
9. I liked it.
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 09:51 AM
Dec 2020

Took a bit to get into the rhythm of wartime flashbacks and imaginary relationships that were part of his man's profound mental illness. Once I realized that I was a voyeur, seeing through this man's crippling injuries everything clicked into place. The buildup to the poignant ending was startling, but very much in keeping with the portrayal of the man's shattered life.

I thought George Clooney was excellent. I did not even recognize him so his movie star status did not overshadow the storyline. Is role is very cerebral and I was drawn into the character he played.


(3,715 posts)
12. Too many mulligans, too many dots that don't connect.
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 12:50 PM
Dec 2020

Entertaining but unsatisfying in the end.

The sound track by Alexandre Desplat is quite interesting.


(3,922 posts)
13. Muddled
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 01:25 PM
Dec 2020

Beautifully filmed, but the characters never really developed.
Clooney's character mumbled almost unintelligibly through the scenes, the kid wasn't explained at all until the end and even then it made little sense. Overall, a disappointment.
Now, Soul, that's another story!


(25,179 posts)
14. I too thought the production values were great -
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 01:47 PM
Dec 2020

almost overwhelmed the story. I distractedly was aware of how well-financed the movie must be, with Clooney the director, star.

Agree about the character development.

My daughter figured it out first.

It was a film that left me thinking.

The theme of thermonuclear destruction of our planet was indeed poignant and resonant.

Also the theme of family - fathers sacrificing family for ambition. Clooney has twin 3 year olds at home.


(3,922 posts)
15. Good take
Sun Dec 27, 2020, 06:48 PM
Dec 2020

Sadly, the threat of thermonuclear destruction isn't sci-fi anymore.
I do agree with your family angle and Clooney's performance does include a healthy dose of empathy.
Yeah, great sets!

Fla Dem

(24,540 posts)
16. Was ok. Slow. Fast forward through some of it.
Wed Dec 30, 2020, 06:10 AM
Dec 2020

Highly improbable.
Spoiler : See below".......

Didn’t realize little girl (Iris) was a figment of his imagination until after the end. Actually had to google it to make sure that was what she was.


(23,150 posts)
17. I enjoyed it.
Wed Dec 30, 2020, 03:03 PM
Dec 2020

Not great, but not as bad as some of the critics said. I'd give it a 3 out of 5. I love good sci-fi movies and I thought the special effects were quite will done. Love when the crew all sang "Sweet Caroline", even though I can't stand that song

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