Thursday, December 22, 2005

Focus: a film

Willy Lomax meets that fellow out of The Crucible.

Funny nowadays to think of anti-semitism in the USA. Probably why that theme was chosen.

Shows how a pair of spectacles can make all the difference.

Vaguely reminiscent of Dogville, but more optimistic.

A few too many epiphanal moments.

Better than The Shipping News.

For a while there I thought it was going too be about homosexuality. That too was probably deliberate.

Were the principal characters’ inconsistencies consistent with our lived lives?

William H Macey, an impressive performance of its kind, but I’m irritated with the Yank thing of sticking a letter between first and last name.

The romantic scenes were naturally awkward, especially the initial ones, but in reality they probably would’ve been more so. The focus there was a little distant. After all, the principal focus was on courage and sometimes lack thereof.

The bad guys were too one-dimensional. They sometimes tried to provide extra dimension through facial expression but the storyline didn’t back them up.

The whole of the film was reduced to this – should we speak out or shouldn’t we? Should we fight or shouldn’t we? This narrowing was its strength, and its weakness.

The final scene struck me as painfully overplayed.



At 1:57 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi stewart
good review of 'focus', I am more interested to see it now,to compare my opinion with yours. Would like to see reviews of some of the films we watch together, or with friends. So 'fasten your seat belts, we're in for a bumpy ride!'[All about Eve]


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