Review Date: September 05, 2000
Director: James Gray
Writer: James Gray, Matt Reeves
Producers: Kerry Orent, Paul Webster, N. Wechsler
But on the whole, I never really felt very close to any of the characters, and telegraphed much of the film's grinding progression. But despite all that, the performances were strong across the board, with Caan and Phoenix grabbing most of the gusto. Burstyn and Dunaway were decent, but had very little to do, while Theron took on yet another look and still managed to punch in a solid performance. But it is Joaquin Phoenix who will likely be the one most remembered for this film. Alternating between the many different facets of his character, Joaquin danced the perfect line and will hopefully be tagged with a nomination of some sort at the end of the year. And despite the many similarities between this film and his directorial debut, James Gray did manage to put an authentic representation of the times on the screen, but not without overstylizing some of the film's more poignant moments (appreciated by others, I found some of his tactics to be distracting). So don't expect any major originality points with this film but do expect to see some great actors doing their thing. And if you enjoy dramas which focus on family, loyalty, redemption and all that fun stuff, this film certainly packs much of that in its mix. Just don't expect to be smacked upside the head by it all. Maybe just a gentle tap...