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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 Paws


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 20th Century Studio, Canterbury Classic, Forest Hill Entertainment, New Regency Productions and Regency Enterprises present an R rated, 134-minute, Comedy, Drama, History film, directed and written by David O. Russell with a theater release date of October 7, 2022.

Oh, where to begin! Th story takes place in the very early 1900’s when two war veterans and best friends, Burt Berendsen (Christian Bale) and Harold Woodman (John David Washington) now a doctor and a lawyer witness the death of a dead friend’s daughter, Liz Meekins (Taylor Swift). Liz approached the two men to help her because she thought her father was murdered and she wanted an autopsy done as soon as possible. With the help of Irma St. Clair (Zoe Saldana) the autopsy was done but it was no longer good to Liz since her murder. A murder that by-standers ended up pinning on Burt and Harold since they were on the scene of the murder as it happened.

On the run both men find help from Valerie Voze (Margot Robbie) who later takes a liking to Harold. Her brother Tom (Rami Malek) and his wife Libby (Anya Taylor-Joy) are not too happy that she has fallen for a black man. Meanwhile Detectives Hiltz (Alessandro Nivola) and his partner Lem Getweiler (Matthias Schoenaerts) are constantly on watch for clues to condemn the two men or save them. Even Burt’s wife Beatrice Vanderheuvel (Andrea Riseborough) talks out of both sides of her mouth. Yet with Milton King (Chris Rock), Paul Canterbury (Mike Myers) and Henry Norcross (Michael Shannon) on the guy’s side they eventually find out with the support of General Gil Dillenbeck (Robert De Niro) that the bigger picture is far more criminal than the murders of two people. The ultimate outcome is relevant then as it is now!

This is a very long story with an outstanding cast of actors. The score is fitting, the cinematography is timely, the costumes point on for its time and the direction is as awkward as it is good but in regards to the writing it is just a bit off just like the characters. The movie does not make a lot of sense mostly through the first two hours, yet it is entertaining, but at the end of the film the plot comes into light, like a shot out of nowhere. Even with such a wonderful cast I struggled at times to keep my eyes open.

As for the actors, Bale is superb becoming the character as if it was the actual man with one eye. Washington as well as Robbie are both phenomenal yet the other members of the leading cast are mainly supports playing smaller roles making you want more, like Malek, Myers and De Niro. As for Swift she somehow seemed a bit stiff, it could be the character as directed by Russell but it’s not the way I would have gone with her especially since she has a small role. Overall, I don’t think I could sit through the story again but for some they might find it spectacular. In my opinion the actors are an amazing cast and it was great to see at least one character had a family dog but other than that one viewing was enough.

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