Old Timey, by David Bax

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4 Responses

  1. Rick Vance says:

    Shouldn’t a film set in the 30s be antiquated? I mean I am not trying to base my life around old fashioned gangsters nor do I look up to the main cast as role models. Their perception and biases should therefore be intact.

    Also being based on a true story adds to the need to not alter bits to be more modern.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Yes, the characters are from the 1930’s but the movie is from 2012. Movies often have beliefs that differ from those of their characters. I’m calling the film homophobic, not the characters.

      – David

      • DK says:

        Great review, David. I agree with many of your points, especially on the lack of prominent females and Lawless’ slip-shod construction as a whole.

        I definitely see your reading of Rakes’ character as homosexual, but it strikes me as a bit of a stretch. Don’t we see him with a woman at some point in his hotel room? I also read his first interaction with Chastain as sexual. Creepy, but sexual nonetheless.

        Pearce was my biggest problem with Lawless. Too over-the-top and caricatured to resonate in any positive way. And your point on Virginia’s geographic relation to Chicago is well justified

  2. Noah says:

    I just came from this movie. IMHO, it was decent but obviously flawed. It has beautiful photography, good music, and wonderful attention to historical detail, as the review says. And as usual, John Hillcoat is good at making gut-wrenchingly violent moments (this is either good or bad depending on how much you can stomach).

    My biggest problem was the underdeveloped characters. You say that Gary Oldman overdoes it. This confuses me. He was only in a handful of scenes, and he doesn’t go that crazy in them. If you’re talking about the scene where he shoots up the car with a tommy gun, I can maybe see your point. But that scene was not any more or less overblown than the other violence scenes. In fact, I would say it was tamer. and it seems like the character disappears halfway through the movie. I was waiting for him to show up in the final act, but of course he doesn’t show.

    So, I seem to agree with you for the most part. Lawless is a well-crafted, adequately acted film with unexciting character relationships.

    What I didn’t get, though, was any of the homophobic vibes that you picked up. I was frankly shocked that you got that from the movie. I honestly think that if Lawless was based in the city, Guy Pearce’s character’s outfit and attention to appearance wouldn’t stick out so much. It’s just that he was such a great contrast to the earth tones of the country-folk that populate the movie. And it’s pretty clear that he isn’t gay. I mean, there is a scene where we see him with a prostitute.

    But, if the world is a rorschach test, everybody sees something different.

    And even if I disagree with you, I still think you’re an awesome reviewer and I enjoy reading your stuff.

    Peace.

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