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Brazil (1985)

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Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by Greenies   on 2003-12-29 12:13:50

So if Ebert liked the movie you'd change your mind, of course.

Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by John (email, web) on 2003-12-29 13:05:47

No way! In fact, I disagree with Ebert a lot. The guy gave "Babe: Pig in the City" 4/4 stars. Sometimes I strongly disagree with him, actually.

The only reason I brought him up in my review is because I expected a lot of hate mail after giving this "classic" a fair rating and not an extraordinary one. Including another well-known critic's opinion often acts as another angle of opinion -- I've done it before, sometimes to argue against me or for me. Ebert often references Pauline Kael in his Great Movies book. I just thought it would be suitable to bring his opinion into this review so people wouldn't think I'm the one-in-a-million person who didn't "get" this movie.

Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by Harry   on 2004-02-22 22:19:49

why would you review a movie you didnt understand? no one wants to read a review written by someone who doesnt understand it, there's no logic behind that!

Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by Truefiendish (email) on 2006-05-22 04:18:29

Movie guru movie shmuru. If you give yourself a rap you should live up to it, but you fail. Any reviewer who can find no meaning in Brazil should give up or at least restrict himself to Disney feelgoods and crappy blockbusters. Ebert said he saw the movie twice but couldn't work out who the characters were etc. It ain't that hard; you just have to watch and listen carefully.

By the way, Ebert is severely limited (though not always useless) and Kael is a hack. You, however, aren't worth reading. You obviously love movies, but you should watch 'em, not review 'em. Sorry.

Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by Giz   on 2006-05-22 16:32:15

I don't think that I've ever seen a decent film that I couldn't follow. Some are cryptic and convoluted, and don't entirely make sense, but I've never really felt lost. With that said, some of the criticism of this review smells of "fanboishness". I personally enjoyed Brazil, to the degree I recommended it to some friends and even accompanied them to see it a second time. It was a painful experience because they were confused, uninterested and bored throughout. I'm fairly sure that had I not dragged them to it, they would have walked out. The 3 hour run time didn't help.

In short, this film isn't for everyone.

Re: Brazil (1985)
Added by John   on 2006-05-22 20:11:47

I'd also like to say this was one of the first full-length reviews I wrote, and it makes me cringe today, as do a lot of my reviews. After developing a taste for Gilliam's style after seeing his other films -- 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing -- and realizing the very heavy Fellini influence on his movies (especially Brazil), I've developed more appreciation for this movie. I just saw it as being "weird" before, but after reading more about it and watching it with a more open mind I found it a great deal better. I still don't think it's "the" best movie of its genre but I'd probably give it a much higher rating nowadays - and did, in fact, write another review of it on IMDb (although the updated review is more of a short comment).

I also realize this review was very overbearing in terms of my bringing up Ebert constantly - at the time I think I was just afraid to give a negative review to such a "classic" and well-respected film and used Ebert as a sort of defense mechanism.

So, Truefiendish, I actually agree with a lot of what you said.

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