Tuesday, August 03, 2010


A very clever film, and very enjoyable, and even has an emotional punch, but... not sure. There's something not quite perfect about it (might just be that I don't like Leo very much). Perhaps the overall balance wasn't completely right. Not enough emotional substance? Perhaps I'm just being too picky - it's certainly a cut above most films.

It was also not as confusing as I had thought it was going to be, though I'd kept clear of various reviews so as not to prejudge things, which probably helped. I look forward to watching it again when it comes out on DVD.

I think - in sum - it's a contrast between two things for me - the end shot (reproduced above) which reminded me so much of the end of Tarkovsky's Mirror (no higher praise) with wonderful ambivalence - and the distraction of some of the action sequences (some were phenomenal, but the snow-battle was a distraction I feel). Hmmm. Still thinking about it - must be a good sign.

PS I think this review says it.

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