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November 6th, 2005
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Wow.
And I thought this was going to be the weekend with nothing to write about. But last night, I saw "History of Violence" AND saw the trailer for "Brokeback Mountain". My admiration for Viggo's acting just grows and grows. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think Viggo was the acting "discovery" of LOTR. This character was both nothing like Aragorn, and, I believe, nothing like Viggo (despite the fact that he looked more like "himself" in this). His accent? Perfect... even slipping into ANOTHER accent that is not his own. I won't say much more, because it would give it away, except to warn that there is some explicit violence and more graphic sexual scenes than you usually see... in a way that I thought was great, but that seemed to surprise some in this Indiana audience. I have to admit, though, that the wife was too skinny and LA looking to be an Indiana wife (that's where this was set). The area, though, looked just like southern Indiana. But, again.... can I just that that THIS is acting. Damn. I thought the film raised some excellent questions, but they belong behind a cut, to avoid spoilers....

The thing that hit me was that Viggo's character acts EXACTLY like all of the action heroes we adore. He's perfect - unkillable, doesn't kill until he has to, does it to protect his family, and so on - everything we glorify in our fantasy heroes. But... he and his wife both realize that that comes from a crazy side of him - a sde that grew up in Philadelphia and, we suspect, enjoys it. And... how do you live with a man like that, once you know this? Once you know this is inside him? It's the same problem many soldiers must face, coming home. We want this perfect protector as the Dad or Husband - but do we really? Do we want somebody with this "History of Violence"? Well, for a brief moment, the wife does... and finds herself disgusted with it. And how do you teach your kids that violence is not the answer, when you've just used it yourself, in front of them.... and, unfortunately, it WAS the right thing to do? Way to go, Dave Cronenberg. And Howard Shore's score? Didn't notice it until the final scene... beautiful.

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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:November 6th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Yes, need to see this now.

Will have to check when it comes out here. *g* I can tempt mom into coming along.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 6th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Cool!
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From:lavendertook
Date:November 7th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
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Nice review that helps convince me I will have to see it sometime.

BTW, I still owe you a reply to your nice inquiry about me. (-: In brief for now--I'm doing pretty good. Ty. *hugs* I gotta get me to update too.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 7th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
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Good! Adorable little icon. *S*
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:November 7th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
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Wow, that sounds like a really cool movie (except that I'd probably hide during the violent scenes *G*)
Viggo rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you about the discovery. It was about time he got the recognition he deserves. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 7th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
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Agreed!
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From:pohewa
Date:November 7th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Excellent! One of my friends really wants to see 'History of Violence' and I think I might just be persuaded now :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 7th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Good! It's a very thoughtful portrayal.
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