The first time I saw this, I only liked it but on a second viewing, something happened. It hit me with this incredible amount of emotion and I didn’t realise how much power it possesses with such a simplistic and formulaic structure. It’s easily one of the most raw and honest portrayals of life that I’ve ever seen coupled with two quite extreme performances from the highly talented Ryan Gosling, and also from Shareeka Epps. Arguably Gosling’s greatest performance to date and I honestly think he should have grabbed the Academy Award that he was only nominated for. A new favourite, something that will stay with me for a long, long time. Extraordinary film.
From what everyone is saying, it feels like I’m the only person in the world that hates this. It just does absolutely nothing for me. The actors do well in their roles, but my big problem with superhero movies has always been the comic relief factor and there is the largest example of that here. It just tries to be too funny, and it distracts from my enjoyment of an action movie. There are elements of the film that I like and the CGI is good, but it’s too long. The premise of the film does not warrant a 140 minute running time. I can understand why people can love this whether it be for Joss Whedon, CGI or Marvel and that’s fine with me but it doesn’t do anything for me at all.
About as powerful and human as any drama can be. Witness blends the genres of drama and thriller magnificently and it’s certainly one of the best written films I’ve seen in a long, long time. Themes and settings are constantly changing and it’s all the better for it. Throw in a few electric performances from Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and a young Lukas Haas and you’ve got yourself a rollercoaster of a movie. The finale is executed incredibly well and just like any other Peter Weir movie; it looks beautiful.