Legends of the Fall
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Fresh: A semi-successful attempt at grand, schmaltzy romantic melodrama, in the manner of 1950s movies like Giant and other works based on literature. Hopkins is hammy as the patriarch but Aidan Quinn and particularly Brad Pitt as his sons at least look right.
- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Directed by: Edward Zwick. Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aldan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas. This film frustrates me. The fact that it is this preachy melodrama wrapped up with some unnecessary cheese for the characters, but the fact that the film is also so gripping and thoughtful. I think the latter has made me a sucker. The story follows Colonel Ludlow, who's wife moved apart from him, was left to raise his three sons away from the government, due to the disrespect of Native Indians that he had come to love. The brothers are like glue, until a young woman named Susanna enters their lives. Its sounds like a classic love story from a book...you could say that, seeing as it is based of a novel, but what is more gripping in the film is character. The screenplay has a sweeping epic feel, with some unnecessary cheese and plot points for characters that add a melodramatic feel to it all, but you can't help but me engrossed. Its a tale of brotherhood, betrayal, love and loss...and all the grief in between. The focus is more of Brad Pitt's character Tristan, who goes through the most changes throughout the film and its an interesting and sad journey through madness and sorrow. The acting is spectacular, as you would hope. Brad Pitt's performance is purely emotional and deep, ranging through his different levels with skill. Aidan Quinn is not someone I really look forward to in films but he surprised me with his gripping performance, much like Brad Pitt, his range is stunning. Anthony Hopkins falls into his melodramatic character a bit too much and although his strong presence and performance is great for the first half, his change in character halfway through is...hammy. Edward Zwicks direction is spectacular as always. Shared with some gorgeous cinematography along a brilliant and beautiful backdrop, his sweeping epic style gives the film more life. I can't finish without mentioning James Horner's score. The fact that the Academy overlooked a nomination is appalling, especially when 3 of 5 that year deserved a spot. So rich is delivery and layered nicely, it's worth watching film for that alone. Legends of the Fall is a frustrating, cheesy melodrama that works, thanks to some strong performances and an interesting character tale. A love/hate film that has won me over.
- SilentWarProductions2009, Thursday, January 3, 2008
Didn't like this. Hated Brad Pitt's character. Hated Julia Ormond for loving Brad when she had Aidan Quinn right there. She throws herself at this useless pile of hair and blows off a man who is handsome, successful, loving and good to her. She deserved what she got.
- webalina, Monday, May 14, 2007
Dazzling, riveting and amazingly beautiful! There was a lot more to this film than just it's eye-pleasing visuals though, because it's also blessed with a well-written script, and a cast that leaves little to complain about (the most notable actors of which being Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Julia Ormond, who all shine in their respective roles). Great music score as well by James Horner. For all it's cinematic beauty, however, you'll not find your usual Hollywood ending here. It's more a tale of loss, revenge and tragedy, than anything else. Perhaps a tad too tragic for my taste, as I would have prefered to see a happier fate for its characters. A good movie either way though, and an emotional journey well worth taking.
- CloudStrife84, Thursday, May 28, 2009