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One of those films where you just have to keep watching..
on 25 August 2004
This got very mixed reviews from mainstream film critics, but anything by John Sayles is probably worth a look I thought, so despite the initial plot premise not really sounding quite my bag, I started watching. And 'Matewan' didn't look my kinda thing on paper either..
Suffice to say this is one of those films where the combination of script , actors, and cinematography is of such a high calibre that suspension of disbelief is absolute - you just get completely caught up in the unfolding drama. It is also, cleverly, one of those films that wrong foot you completely, in that you just cannot assume you know what kind of film it is going to be as it unfolds - romance? modern tragedy? psychological thriller/puzzle? Other films have tried to pull this off , often very much more crudely, but with this one you utterly believe in the characters, and just have to keep watching to find out what happens. Be warned though, the ending could drive you wild with frustration.....
All in all a film for anyone who wants more than mental popcorn from their movies, with a great soundtrack (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio sings! .. amazingly well, so much so in fact that I assumed it must be someone else until the end credits), including songs by Bruce Springsteen,Richard Thomson and Tom Waits, glorious craggy scenery in the form of John Strathairn and Kris Kristofferson's cheekbones, and Alaska, of course.