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Brothers

by

Jeff Nelson

Oscar level perfromances by the lead actors...

Brothers
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Movies can affect individuals very differently. What's funny to one person may not be funny to another. What's sad to one person may not be sad to another. The emotion that Brothers elicits is the same for a majority of its audience.

A family man who's in the army goes to Afghanistan and crashes. He goes missing and is presumed to be dead. His younger brother tries to comfort his brother's wife and children. The story sounds just like any war film of this type. Although, it's extremely different. Brothers symbolizes not just what war does to not one man, but how it affects everyone around. The script is well written and may feel long, but this isn't a bad thing. The biggest flaw with the script is the ending, and leaves the viewer hanging in a bad way.

The acting is absolutely brilliant. This is the strongest role Tobey Maguire has ever played. He pulled out a dark side of himself that hasn't ever grazed the screen. Jake Gyllenhaal does an excellent job of gaining the audience's sympathy throughout. Natalie Portman is a stunning actress, and it shows in Brothers. Every scene she's in, she gives it her all. The trinity of actors together form a near flawless acting job.

There aren't many explosions or special effects, but the ones that are used are great. The sets are beautiful and locations were chosen perfectly. The visuals are subtle, but camera angles and cinematography are strong.

Not everyone will love Brothers. Some may be fooled to believe that this is an action film. This is in no way an action film. It is considered a drama. Most of the film is dialogue and there isn't much war going on. Although, if you know what you're getting into, then this is highly recommended. There are few flaws such as the ending and some slow scenes. It wouldn't be surprising if Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Natalie Portman receive oscars for their spectacular performances.

Next movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas

My Rating = Four Stars


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