At the End of the Day, by Tyler Smith

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  1. Jake says:

    I saw the film a few days back and I really can’t agree with your assessment here, Tyler. It really stuck with me. I found nearly the entire enterprise to be thrilling and involving. In regards to the length, I felt it but didn’t mind it in the sense that the film covers nearly 20 years and I felt that the length helped sell the passage of that time.

    Nevertheless, this is not a film I’d defend vociferously. The quality of a film is always a matter of subjectivity, but I feel like this is a special case. The nature of the source material eschews subtlety (this applies to the novel as well). Adding the film’s conceivably alienating aesthetics (which even I found occasionally irritating) and you have a strange beast, a beast I loved all the same.

  2. Matra Kreig says:

    Suggesting that Eponine’s character be removed fom Les Miserables is a bit absurd. Anyone even remotely familiar with the play would have stormed out of the theater, as “On My Own” is a fan favorite. Removing this moment would have been a terrible decision. she aslo clearly serves as an unfortunte foil character to Cozette. She reminds us that love’s price is often sacrifice, a clear theme in the story.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      I’m not saying the song is bad, by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s one of the better moments of the film. However, it wouldn’t be the first instance of a fan favorite being removed for pacing issues. “God, That’s Good” was removed from the film adaptation of SWEENEY TODD (whether or not that was to the film’s detriment is debatable). A lot of people weren’t really sure why it was removed, but I think it’s because there were no intermissions in the film. Act I ends with “A Little Priest,” which is an integral song that reveals character and moves the plot along. Then, intermission, followed by “God, That’s Good.” Without the intermission, there would be two show stopping numbers in a row, which would then detract from the power of both. So, Burton decided to remove a song that fans love, but that wouldn’t work within the context of a film adaptation.
      I’m not suggesting that “On My Own” or Eponine should have been removed. Only that they very well could have been and that the film adaptation- which already suffers from major pacing issues- would have been more streamlined as a result.
      And to respond to the comment above, I have no problem with a movie being 157 minutes long. But a director has to have a real command of pacing and tone to be able to justify that length. Hooper, I think, does not, and so that 157 minutes is jarring, thus making it not altogether pleasant.

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