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Old 12-03-12, 03:11 PM
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Did anyone who saw this think it was just awful? I haven't seen it, but a friend (who would mean nothing to you guys, but whose film opinion I trust very much) said it was the worst movie he'd seen in years. That was enough to make me wait for home video...unless someone here can talk me out of it. Just for reference, I think THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES....is one of the best Westerns of the past 20 or 30 years.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

My review to myself was, "Wow, that sucked."
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
Did anyone who saw this think it was just awful? I haven't seen it, but a friend (who would mean nothing to you guys, but whose film opinion I trust very much) said it was the worst movie he'd seen in years. That was enough to make me wait for home video...unless someone here can talk me out of it. Just for reference, I think THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES....is one of the best Westerns of the past 20 or 30 years.
You will find a lot of people think that Jesse James is boring garbage.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
Did anyone who saw this think it was just awful? I haven't seen it, but a friend (who would mean nothing to you guys, but whose film opinion I trust very much) said it was the worst movie he'd seen in years. That was enough to make me wait for home video...unless someone here can talk me out of it. Just for reference, I think THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES....is one of the best Westerns of the past 20 or 30 years.
Jesse James is one of the greatest modern Westerns. I totally agree. I wouldn't say KTS is the worst movie ever but it's not a particular good one. I'd also recommend waiting for video.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Let me also recommend waiting for video. It might actually play better in that format.
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I dug it and was glad to see it on the big screen.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Assassination of Jesse James was one of my favourite movies of the year it was released, so I was really looking forward to this one... I was with it at first, then Brad Pitt shows up, does fuck all but talk to Jenkins in a car and has two chats with Gandolfini - layer that with heavy handed 2008 election soundbites that don't add much to the story or shallow 'themes' being expressed and you've got a very disappointing flick. All the ingredients were here to be a classic - great cast, nice dialogue, interesting story...but executed with way too much self importance, not nearly enough substance and a pace that makes 90 minutes feel like 150. Ugh.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

I didn't like it. It had some good scenes here and there but, as a whole, it never did gel as a complete film. And so much of it was conversations between just 2 guys at a time (but not the same 2 guys and not even interesting conversations) that it was like "My Dinner With Andre" except the conversations were very dull. (The only good one was Brad Pitt's comments at the end, which just made me wish it had more interesting talking like that.)

The lack of a score hurt too. There were some incidental songs scattered throughout, but scenes that could've benefited from a score ratcheting up the tension lacked both music and tension.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Yea. I was let down by the lack of resolution. It's like the movie cut off a half hour early. And I don't understand the choice to do that.

Even if there was little conflict during the resolution, we missed scenes with Gandolfini and the 'target'. And Pitt working out his payment. And what they decided to do with the other robber - or if something backfired.

The scenes we did get, I enjoyed. And we could have had another five of those scenes. It just cut out. And I don't understand if I missed some cool message - or what happened. Were they trying to say something about 'quitting' if they're not 'getting paid'? Is there some neat, deeper way to look at it? If so, I didn't get it.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Is it me or did this disappear from the theaters way too quickly especially for a movie starring Brad Pitt?
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

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Is it me or did this disappear from the theaters way too quickly especially for a movie starring Brad Pitt?
It got an "F" CinemaScore rating and barely made any money.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

That's because there was no point to the movie
Old 12-27-12, 09:13 AM
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

I actually really enjoyed the movie and it did have a point. It's a gangster movie about the economy and holding people responsible for the crimes they commit.
Old 12-27-12, 02:25 PM
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

GatorDeb needs to stop trolling this thread. We get it, you hate the movie.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by gp1086 View Post
It got an "F" CinemaScore rating and barely made any money.
Cinemascore means nothing to me

Parental Guidance - A-
Alex Cross - A
Here Comes The Boom - A
Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 - A
Hangover 2 - A-
Hop - A-
Just Go With It - A-
Burlesque - A-


On the other hand
The American - D-
Drive - C-
Cabin in the Woods - C
Old 12-27-12, 03:08 PM
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by sauce07 View Post
Cinemascore means nothing to me

Parental Guidance - A-
Alex Cross - A
Here Comes The Boom - A
Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 - A
Hangover 2 - A-
Hop - A-
Just Go With It - A-
Burlesque - A-


On the other hand
The American - D-
Drive - C-
Cabin in the Woods - C
Wolf Creek & Bug also got an F
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

I can't say I'm surprised to see audiences split on this film, but I'm a little bit shocked to hear people say this film has no point. It has a lot of political commentary, but it has a message that comes through loudly. This movie is truly a love-it or hate-it type of feature and I found myself really enjoying it.
Those who are looking on any of the sites, such as Cinemascore, should just ignore those scores. If you're not confident in this movie, then just give it a rental. It deserves a chance from anybody who enjoys crime thrillers.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

The movie has a point, it's just not a very interesting one.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Django Unchained had far better social commentary and it wasn't nearly as overt.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by Osiris3657 View Post
GatorDeb needs to stop trolling this thread. We get it, you hate the movie.
The definition of trolling is to post something with the sole purpose of negatively inciting others. If you want to discuss why you disliked the movie that is not a definition of trolling.

I had completely forgotten about this movie and was looking at the theater that is the last to show movies before they leave and after all the other theaters stop showing it and saw it there and reminded me of it. Seemed weird that a Brad Pitt movie would disappear that quickly. I don't think it went even a month before being relegated to the last-breath theater.
Old 12-28-12, 06:23 AM
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Except you don't come to discuss why you dislike the movie, you just say "I hate this movie" "I hate this movie" "I hate this movie". You jump at any chance to bash this movie.

Just move on.
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I thought this movie was a solid C. It's shot well, and I actually really liked most of the dialog, but it still felt shallow when it was all over.
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Just watched this tonight and thought it was great. The acting, dialogue and direction were excellent. The style felt like a 70's film taking place in 2008.

4.5/5
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re: Killing Them Softly -- D: Andrew Dominik S: Pitt, Liotta, Gandolfini

Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
Just watched this tonight and thought it was great. The acting, dialogue and direction were excellent. The style felt like a 70's film taking place in 2008.

4.5/5
I thought it was neo-noir John Carpenter style. It was great.

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