05 August 2008
I knew it was going to be painful, and it was exactly that -- dreary, depressing, like watching someone drink themselves to death. In a way, though, that was a good thing. I'm glad that no sort of superficial hope came from the son's death. It didn't impact anyone in a positive way, which happens so much in movies. Here, a kid died, and someone had to pay, and they did.
I didn't enjoy it it as much as the book, obviously because things were skipped over or handled differently. I'm glad they cut out the severe injuries to Mark Ruffalo's character's son, that never sat well with me. I thought Joaquin Phoenix was amazing. I have difficulty watching him at the best of times because I still see him as Gary Buchman and always think of his brother when watch him. Still, he proves himself over and over. He's so good to watch. And it was nice to hear Rain Phoenix singing at the end, too.
I liked this movie as much as you can like something so tragic. But man do you need a pick me up after it.