Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Three Burials of Melauiades Estrada


There is a bond that only men can form. It can be vaguely described as an innate sense of fierce loyalty. One that women cannot comprehend. This is a film about such a bond.

I started writing more about the film but I would have done a grave diservice to Tommy Lee Jones. Hats off to you, sir!

Rating: * * * +

4 comments:

wenerd said...

personally, the best movie i have watched in 2008. on the basis of this debut film, i rate TL Jones higher than clint eastwoods directorial abilities. TL Jones is a legend.

Kogi Kaishakunin said...

I would agree but I want to wait and see if TLJ can pull off an Iowa Jima. Plus Eastwood has been consistent as a directors. So lets see...

Meara said...

Feminine perspective: Not that great. I'll give him points for cinematography and an odd story that captures interest. But he is no where near Clint Eastwood in talent as a director or in his ability to tell a whole tale.

wenerd said...

agree that its going to take a few movies from TLJ before one can entertain a serious debate on Clint E (havent even seen iowa jima yet) vs TLJ's respective works.

Clint E: Whilst I quite liked "Flags of our Father" and was impressed with "Mystic River", "Million Dollar Baby" was symptomatic of a big studio (big stars, box office focused) production, that is increasingly becoming his scene and which concerns me. Am therefore avoiding "Changeling" all together. Believe he is going down Ron Howard/Tom Hanks/Steve Spielberg route - infact, wont be surprised if he casts Tom Hanks as Nelson Mandela in his next movie.

There is something about directors who keep it simple that, increasingly, appeals to me. And along with the mexican sky, TLJ goes about telling a far more entertaining story than any I have recently seen.