Saturday, June 10, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion


Well, I took a break from editing and saw Prairie Home Companion with my brother yesterday.

I have to say I was quite impressed with it. I mean, it's not hard to be impressed by Robert Altman. I saw Short Cuts for the first time a couple of months ago and there's just no two ways about it: The man knows how to handle a kickass ensemble.

But Prairie Home Companion felt as though it embodied a more innocent time and it was fun. It had a squeaky clean sort of tone that you haven't seen in the movies in a long time.

And the character work is amazing. Meryl Streep in this movie is mind-blowing with her character work. John C. Reilly and Woody Harrelson stand up well (their bits are some of the funniest) and Lindsay Lohan and Tommy Lee Jones manage not to suck.

I would suggest seeing it. It's one of those movies that's thin on plot (who cares about the plot?) because all it is is a showcase for amazingly talented actors to do their thing.

And they all do it well.

(on a sidenote, I watched "The Third Man" again last night. Rent it, buy it, do whatever you have to to see it but, for God's sakes, see it.)

3 comments:

Bob said...

It had the feel of the radio show, which is what I expected.

-Bob

DF Maverick said...

For what it was, it was amazingly done.
Not my style though, Robert Altman is a great director, he could and does make anything great.

Bryan said...

what is your style then? Bad movies?