Rating: Pretty Damn Good
Over all, the rating says it all, it was pretty damn good. My biggest problem with the movie is it keeps talking as if it’s all adding up to some all encompassing moral that this hyper intelligent person will give us… but it never happens. Other than an ending that sort of plateaus in a very small way, the movie is entertaining in every other aspect.
What you may not like:
-It’s a lot of movie to not really add up to anything of value at the end, there’s no thought provoking thing that makes you take the movie home with you, it just kind of ends surprisingly unintelligently.
-Characters that don’t really go anywhere and then are tossed in the trash with one line or phrase to make the story telling easier.
-It poses a dilemma, use drugs to improve your life at a risk or don’t? But then it never takes a stance on it, so the movie ends without coming to any conclusion, no lessons are learned
What you may like:
-A fresh approach to directing with some pretty trippy artistic scenes
-Great Characters, most of them are interesting as soon as they come on camera
-Bradley Cooper was the perfect guy for this role I think, he played the highs and lows of the character perfectly. He’s a pretty sophisticated actor capable of a variety of roles. Watch him in “The Midnight Meat Train” where he really steals the show, a lot of people didn’t like the ending of that movie, I like surprise endings, either way, it shows a different side of his skills.
-It doesn’t get all into the scientific mumbo jumbo that nobody cares about and instead focuses on the characters, the most important part of any story
Overall I have to say I enjoyed it, it kept me interested, with only a few spots that seemed to drag. However, it’s not a movie I would see multiple times. Had the message added up to something about the true path to realizing your full potential, I think the movie would have meant more. While it will be a good piece in Bradley Cooper’s portfolio to showcase his acting diversity, it doesn’t really do anything memorable as a movie. Still, I’d say it’s worth a onetime watch. I wouldn’t get it on DVD personally, but if you liked it I wouldn’t be surprised if you paid 15 bucks for it. In theaters I’d say full price is okay but at the end of the movie I think you’d be happier paying matinée prices.
What’d you think?
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