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Powerful, never lets go... And Angelina Jolie? Superb.,
This review is from: Girl, Interrupted [DVD] (DVD)
At first, I was weary of seeing Girl, Interrupted, for fear of it being a chick-flick or another cliche-ridden carbon copy of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Just 15 minutes into the movie, however, and I realised that this was not the case.
The story is well-crafted, the direction is good, the script is superb- but what really stands out is the acting. The entire cast in "Girl, Interrupted" is nothing short of amazing. This movie was made in 1999, and yet even 7 years later, I must admit that, apart from one or two notable exceptions, no performances come to mind that even come close to those in Girl, Interrupted.
Winona Ryder's somewhat understated performance as the protagonist is excellent, for instance.
This, however, is really Angelina Jolie's movie. Jolie steals the show as Lisa, a raving sociopath who's power and magnetism cannot help but elicit compassion or even attachment from the audience despite the fact that, objectively, she is a wholly unsympathetic character.
Angelina Jolie's oscar-winning performance is so resonant that, despite the fact that the cast is terrific, when Jolie is on the scene everyone else might as well just lie down and play dead.
Special commendations must be made for avoiding the pitfalls of usual looneybin cliches.
All in all this is a powerful, emotionally complex and haunting movie that never lets go, even after the credits have stopped rolling. A must-see.