the film snob

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Legends of the Fall

For the past year or so, I have been writing film and TV reviews at Here are synopsis' and links to those reviews.

Let’s face it—Legends of the Fall is a soap opera. But have you ever seen one that looked or sounded this good?!

Legends of the Fall is the sort of sweeping, melodramatic epic they rarely make anymore. And with good reason. They are the sorts of films that generally fall flat. But this film, from Edward Zwick, the director of the transcendent Glory, works for all the right reasons—a superb cast, a compelling story, phenomenal cinematography and a luxuriant score.

It’s melodrama to be sure, saddled with operatic passions, theatrical loves and losses, overwrought acting and overexcited speeches, but it all makes for one enormously entertaining movie that does not apologize for his gargantuan size or scope. It is anything but subtle. And we can’t help but be impressed.

Here, set against the Big Sky of Montana (the Canadian Rockies have rarely looked better), the fate of three brothers, and the one woman they all loved, is played out with devastating results. As the film charts the turbulent journey of one man’s transition from boyhood to manhood, it simultaneously charts his spiral into guilt, grief and madness and finally into bittersweet acquiescence.

To read the full review, click here.


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