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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

[6.75/10] Brothers (2009)

Brothers (2009)

There is not one single new, insightful, or even particularly interesting thought in "Brothers" on the subject of either war or brothers, and yet fine performances by Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and powerful performance by Tobey Maquire, make it compelling and even moving. Although not so much a fan of Tobey Maguire, I was actually surprised at his role in this movie, and the strength he gives to his character, so in the sense of character portrayal Tobey did quite a realistic and natural approach to someone who has been through a traumatic experience. Also, you will not believe the acting by the two little girls that portray Toby and Natalie's daughters. They truly steal the show! Writer David Benioff adapts the film well but misses the mark with cheesy dialogue and not enough bridges between characters. Sheridan fills the film with tension and silence which make Thomas Newman's score nearly non-existent. The film doesn't make anything new with its cinematography or film pacing. Sheridan seems half-fast in his execution and doesn't measure up to his previous works. All in all, "Brothers" is a decent film with a great characters and amazing performances.

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