April movies

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [5/5] [Amazon]

This is a slow movie, but if you know that going in then you can take the time to appreciate what a fine piece of filmmaking it is. From the atmospheric cinematography, to the excellent performances by both Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt, to the perfect score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, I thought this was a brilliant film. Maybe some of the bits in the middle could have been edited to help the pacing there, but overall it was just great. I may even have to pick this up for myself on DVD.

The Red Violin [3/5] [Amazon]

I liked the basic premise of the movie, but I didn’t at all appreciate the structure used to tell the story. Still, there are some fine performances and some excellent violin playing.

Juno [5/5] [Amazon]

Diablo Cody’s sharp writing is what makes this movie, and the great acting, especially by Ellen Page, works to make that writing come alive. This one is a definite winner.

There Will Be Blood [4/5] [Amazon]

As was the case with Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland, I thought the performance by the lead actor in this movie was absolutely brilliant, but I was less in love with the film itself. I found it to be uneven, and thought it fell apart to some extent toward the end. Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting still makes it worth seeing though.

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