03 February 2010

A History of Violence

I normally don't dig melodrama, but I love this one, partially because it really embraces the melodrama, rather than pretending to be anything like "realistic drama" (I'm looking at you, Mr. Eastwood). Violence as a transformative and contagious power is a pretty great theme. Like Kill Bill or The Brown Bunny, this is a film that saves everything for the final act/confrontation, and then really earns it. Sometimes it is about the destination.

Also: Viggo, Ed Harris and Maria Bello really give amazing performances, but it's William Hurt I can't get enough of. Fucking hilarious and frightening. Probably my favorite William Hurt character ever.

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