danny d (sanjurosamurai)The Kingdom
danny's Recent Reviews
In many ways this is the absolute best film of 2013. shot and designed beautifully, with wonderful acting and one of the best scripts, potentially, ever written. the dialogue and humor and raw emotion of the film is at perfect levels from beginning to end, and the love story is truly epic. the story plays out like a progressive, post-modern, hedonistic parable. the moral is something like "do whatever makes you feel good and don't let other people judge you." the film seems to miss that some judgments are sober and right, as some things that make us feel good are morally wrong and destructive. the film presents a hedonistic outlook that is ultimately untenable. however, the film turns at just the right moments to reveal how truly broken hedonism can be. it plays out like a scathing criticism of the way humanity is inverting in on itself with the aid of technology, and shows us that there is no substitute for human interaction. in the end, the film is remarkable even if flawed and incomplete. i left it feeling inspired to be better to those i love, and full of hope for real romanticism and wonder in the world. i'm glad i can look at something so broken and still marvel at what i see.
i really liked this film a lot. there was a sequence at the end which sort of lost itself in cliches and poor sentimentality, but most of the film was unique and very funny. the characters are great and the story was quickly paced and engaging.
danny's Favorite Movies
"of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she had to walk into mine." what a perfect movie. i just saw this for the fourth time and it was the best viewing yet. this film is cluttered with wonderful qoutes, great diologue, and an incredible plot. bogey and bergman are larger than life in this film and the rest of the actors really shine. i have read many critics reviews of this film and some try to think of something critical to say for the sake of being objective, in reality criticizing this film is futile. many consider this to be one of the top five films and unlike others in the top five, i can raise no objections here. this is easily one of the greatest films ever made without exception. as ebert once said, this is probably the most well recieved and reviewed film ever made and it deserves its aclaim. "heres lookin at you kid."
"hes a great doctor. no, hes a great man." that quote from this film really wraps it up. this movie is flawless, perfect in every way. easily kurosawas best directing job, and mifunes acting performance is one of the greatest in film history. every line of diologue, every camera shot, everything was perfect. one of the 10 greatest films i have ever seen, absolutely brilliant in every way. the young doctor, the little boy towards the end, all of the acting was great and this story is stunning and beautiful. dont believe that kurosawa can only make samurai films, this one is even better than seven samurai.