kongs_speech wrote: ↑April 8th, 2021, 5:50 pm
OldAle1 wrote: ↑April 8th, 2021, 4:00 pm
Tim2460 wrote: ↑April 8th, 2021, 3:57 pm
#1298(NEW) The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
(302,07 Pts, 7 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–0–1
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Photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) for four days in the 1960s.
Huge jump and highest ranking yet, I guess that's something.
I have a specific beef with this movie. The Streep and Eastwood scenes are as beautifully made as anything in Clint's filmography. The other half of the movie, the present-day scenes with her annoying kids, absolutely sucks imo. I don't even know how to rate it.
Well, first of all the bookend scenes are only a very small fraction of the film - 10% of it maybe, 20 at most? So saying "half" is a gross misrepresentation. Second, I don't disagree in principal, and in fact I had much more significant problems with those scenes early on. Over time though they've come to grow on me a little bit and, I dunno, I think about them, and the movie a lot since my mom died - I often wondered if she had any great secret romances, but she never talked about that kind of stuff and I did get the impression there was someone maybe, before my dad, who got away. I wish I'd been willing to press her more about stuff like that, but it was tough, she felt like the whole 50 years she spent with my dad were a waste, and therefore her entire life had been a waste. It's... I dunno, the scenes aren't that "objectively" good, but for many reasons they feel more authentic and real and emotional to me now with every viewing, and I can forgive the awkwardness.
And I'm not the kind of viewer who tends to downgrade a film much for even a major flaw or two if the core worth of the film is high enough. I mean, Ryan Gosling can't sing, but look at what my #1 film is.