He is great here, and I'm rooting for him to get a supporting-actor nomination. I'd say I'm rooting for him to win outright, but the supporting categories often are full of interesting performances, making it hard for me put all my chips in one basket. We'll see how the rest of the year unfolds.
This and Out of Sight: Does Albert Brooks know how to pick films in this genre or what?
Two things bothered me during this film:
1. Gosling's jacket. Is that mattress-pad design still the fashion? I'm hopeless with these things. The larger sunglasses these days annoy me, too, but I've grown used to them over the past couple of years. Still, I thought that type of jacket, that style, was outdated before the sunglasses started to grow to Elton-John-like proportions (circa 1975) 5 or 6 six years ago. Maybe everything "old' is new again?
2. Speaking of which, the music. Is it contemporary European pop, meaning now, or is it from the early 1980s? Reminded me of Vangelis, but with a beat. It bothered me even as I found it effective at creating a certain mood for the film. But I sat there wondering if the music was supposed to be a throwback. I even thought at one point that the film might be set in the 1980s, although I don't think we're given information to suggest it's set at any time other than the present, are we?
Glad you liked it, Jeffrey. I wasn't sure how you might react to some of the turns in the second half of the story, which surprised me in a good way. Even though I was liking the first half of the film a good deal, the second half really takes things to another level.
Edited by Christian, 16 September 2011 - 06:31 PM.