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"...Haven't We Changed Since Then?",
This review is from: In the Electric Mist [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)A lot of disappointment has been expressed about this film - which I find baffling - because even as a complete novice to James Lee Burke's books or the director's past works - I loved it. I really did. I found "In The Electric Mist" to be a very compelling story - powerful acted and cleverly told.
Once again Tommy Lee Jones as the haggard and troubled lead - just stuns - his depth and power fill the screen absolutely all of the time. Credit must also go to the uniformly superb supporting cast too (even if in some cases they don't get a lot to do) - John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen, Ned Beatty, Kelly MacDonald, Pruitt Taylor-Vince, Justina Machado and even Buddy Guy (the blues guitar player) - all good. And then there's Levon Helm of the famous Americana rock group THE BAND as the ghost of a Confederate General - adding extraordinary old-world gravitas and mystery to the piece.
The Blu Ray print is BEAUTIFUL too - even in the dark interiors - but especially in the outdoor swamp shots and town houses. Disappointingly though, there are precious few extras.
Bertrand Tavernier's film isn't a masterpiece for sure, and it's perhaps just a little 'too' in love with its own gumbo and Louisiana scenery, but I found it immensely moving in places - and awkwardly real - especially on the core subject of racism and its still lingering malevolent presence (the title of this review is a rumination by one of the characters on that subject when a dead body from 1965 comes back to haunt him).
The film reminded me of John Sayles at his best ("Passion Fish" for instance) - full of heart and great observation - which is high praise indeed...
I'd say ignore the so-so reviews and put it high on your rental list. Recommended.
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Initial post: 12 May 2012 08:33:09 BDT
If you love the film, why the 4 stars? What did you not like in it? Was the audio and video transfer good? What about the extras, if any?
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 13:09:15 BDT
Badger O Stripey One says:
I saw this last night on TV.
I agree with Mark. Despite myself I liked it a lot. 'Despite' because ghosts and visions are a complete turn-off for me but this film just about got away with it.
Not a weak link but is wasn't a masterpiece so I agree with Mark's 4*
Mary Steenbergen seems to get better with age. Goodman's performance was full of menace, Tommy Lee gave his usual great performance and Kelly MacDonald played her part perfectly (I thought she looked familiar).
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 23:01:06 BDT
Spot on Mark. Tommy Lee is a great indeed.
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