This is the final part of a three part series here at The Rock dedicated to previewing the Best Picture category at the 85th Academy Awards. We will be reviewing three nominated movies in each part leading up to the Oscars. If you missed Part 1, click here or Part 2, click here. Hope you enjoy!
In my Argo review, I said that historic films fight an uphill battle when they try to create suspense because the audience already knows what’s going to happen. I felt that Argo struggled with this. Zero Dark Thirty didn’t.
I was on the edge of my seat during the entire mission to kill Bin Laden. I knew exactly what was going to happen, but it didn’t matter. I still sat there thinking—“Oh no, the helicopter’s going down,” “Why haven’t they found Osama yet?” “He’s gotta be there, right?”
It makes me sound a complete moron, but that’s how you know Zero Dark Thirty did its job. It made me feel like I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be even though everyone knew what the outcome was going to be. It’s a shame that Kathryn Bigelow wasn’t nominated for Best Director and it’s a shame that this movie probably isn’t in contention to win Best Picture because of the whole torture controversy it caused. Argo may win Best Picture but it still can’t hold a candle to Zero Dark Thirty.
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president. That may be a little ridiculous to say considering I’ve only been alive for four presidencies, but he still is. Pulling the nation out of the country’s only civil war and freeing the slaves is something no other president has had to endure, so I like him most. Plus there’s no beating that top hat and beard.
The problem with Lincoln is that I never really felt inspired by it. There were some great moments, like the scene where the 13th amendment is passed. Other than that there was a lot of sitting around and talking. There’s only so much a person can be inspired by people sitting around in a room.
They might as well rename this “Story Time with Lincoln.” There was a lot of the 16th president sharing a story with a group of people gathered around him, whether it was to prove a point or lift spirits. That’s not to say that this was a bad thing but it seemed like the film went to this a lot. It got a little bit repetitive.
Just to give you guys a warning—I’m about to take a serious turn while also giving away what happens in this movie. But it shouldn’t matter because you shouldn’t go see it unless you like being disappointed.
To put it simply, Amour is a movie about people giving up. You may think that’s harsh or that I’m not looking deeply enough into the meaning of the film, but that’s what it is.
In Amour, an elderly woman, in a loving marriage (at least I think a loving marriage; sometimes it seems like it and sometimes it doesn’t) has a stroke. The rest of the film is about how difficult it is for the couple to go through this and how, right from the get-go, they don’t want to bother going through it. To make a long and time-wasting story short, the husband decides that it is too much for the both of them and he kills his wife by suffocating her with a pillow.
Right now my grandmother is in a rehabilitation center from suffering a stroke this past November. My grandfather is there every day, all day, trying to get her as close to normal as possible. Of course there are some bad days, but there are never any hopeless days. They haven’t once shown a sign of giving up.
I hate getting kind of emo on my last review, especially for a film that will make zero noise at the Oscars, but it isn’t fair that a movie like this is being rewarded. It doesn’t give human beings enough credit. It shows that people are weak. We aren’t. We’re fighters.
If you’re going to make a movie with a sad ending, that’s fine. Or where the main character kills themselves, that’s fine too. But there should be a meaning behind it. The reason shouldn’t be because sad movies have more of a chance to get an award. The reason also shouldn’t be to show that people can’t overcome something as difficult as a stroke. Especially when there are people who are really going through it and are trying to overcome it every day. Contrary to what Amour says, they don’t have to quit.