Leaving Las Vegas Review

Leaving Las Vegas is a doomed love story. Anyone who walks into it expecting any redemption is at folly. It has a pessimistic humor and Cage and Shue sizzle together, yet I warn you again, do not watch this movie cornering any sympathy or hope for the characters set to materialize on the screen. There is no salvation for them.

Leaving Las Vegas is about a screenplay writer named Ben who becomes an alcoholic following his divorce, and sells everything he has so as to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to his death. Here, he meets a prostitute named Sera and starts to hire her so that he can have company on his suicidal mission.

Ben and Sera share their loneliness together. There is a sense of emotional detachment so as to foster attachment. Ben here acts as a sort of an ’emotional prostitute’ to Sera. Throughout the movie, Sera is seen in sadist relationships and disturbing sexual experiences and Ben here acts as an antidote to her despondent existence as she acts in his.

Sera here fulfills the role of only a witness to Ben’s last days. He hires her so as to give a meaning to his otherwise meaningless existence and lets her witness his good side. He lets her partake in his existence so that he leaves a mark of sort, that he will at least live on through her memories.

Sera, on the other hand as I mentioned before, uses Ben as an emotional prostitute. Throughout the movie, one sees Sera as being an exceptional dominatrix, and this comes from her confession that she has an unparalleled intuition on her client’s fantasies and how to let them live through them through her. This renders her impuissant to explore her own emotional and sexual identity. She lives it through Ben, satisfying her very own needs. I don’t think there can be anything more despicable than terming these actions as selfish, for every human relationship emanates from these very emotional and physical needs she fights for.

Leaving Las Vegas is a disturbing movie, to say the very least. It captures two characters who love each other in the midst of all hate and spite circling them. It brought me to tears and I am sure the same emotions I felt while watching it will mimeograph themselves if you do so too. However, I am also pretty sure, I won’t ever be able to watch it again. It drains you emotionally like no movie does.

RATING : 8. 5 / 10

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Days Of Heaven Review

Terence Malick as a director is undisputedly a master; however Malick as a screenplay writer has often been unappealing to me. For a man whose work mostly focuses on cinema as a visual medium, he has proved, at least to me, that he approaches screenplays with the same mind-set which has unfortunately created a rift between his works and me. However, Days Of Heaven is one of the few movies where a lack of script works better than having a hard-bound one. It helps when characters have a free-will of their own in a tale like this, which transcends that line which separates imagination from reality, and brings the viewers right unto those fields, eavesdropping on the lives of these characters.

It is always a tiresome exercise to try to explain the plot of a movie in a review, and thankfully, I don’t have to in this case because the plot is not of any importance. What Malick envisions is to create a world so distant from our own and inhibit it with characters who exhibit human feelings at their raw best. There are only few movies which succeed in bringing about the surroundings, the layout of the plot as a character and Malick, who has had this endeavour in every movie I have watched of his, finally succeeds in Days Of Heaven.

One of the most pivotal reasons why this movie is such an overwhelming success is the fact that it is viewed by a teenage girl who doesn’t know much about something. There is a certain raw brutality in her narrative that is gripping to say the least. The emotions surface here through the groundbreaking cinematography which makes optimum use of the magic hour effect. It brings about unparalleled romanticism and wonders which work as an orgasm to the eyes. Some critics have criticized Days Of Heaven saying that the camera work may just be the only commendable part of it. Well, cinema is as much as a visual medium as it is a verbal one. And to me, if one of them succeeds in such a way that you don’t care about the another at all through the run-time, I think that movie is still a great one.

Terence Malick’s masterful work, Days Of Heaven, is a visually arresting experience that stays with you a long time after it ends and lets you experience an overwhelming and humbling touch of nature.

RATING : 9.3 / 10

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Casablanca Review

Casablanca. The name itself exudes a charm unlike any other place on this planet. Much like the movie itself.

I am often terrified when I watch movies which have continuously been featured in almost all of the great movies lists ever made. I was disappointed by Citizen Kane, Vertigo and may more. However, after watching Casablanca, I realize it is to critics what ‘Music & Lyrics’ is too me. A hell-of a guilty pleasure.

Casablanca was, without a doubt, a movie which was made to capitalize on the ongoing war. Yet, even after 75 years, there is a charm to its dialogues and characters and songs like none another. I believe Casablanca is the quintessential movie, one which distinguishes cinema from all art forms, for the emotions range from love to patriotism and we readily accept all of them.

Humphrey Bogart is fabulous as Rick and so is Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. Their presence together reeks romance. To be frank, I can find you almost hundreds of movies almost like Casablanca, but not just like Casablanca (yes, partially because of copyright laws). It is because Casablanca is magic. Believe me, there is some fairy-dust sprinkled all over its frames which grips through all the viewers who have seen it through the ages.

And frankly, that doesn’t exclude me. This is one movie that I don’t mind being called one of the greatest of all time. I absolutely loved it.

RATING :- 9.3 / 10

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