My Movie Grading: B+
Robert Downey Jr. & Robert Duvall's performance in this was phenomenal. The two play tough loving Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall) and Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.), a father and son who have a very complicated relationship. After Hank's mother passes he returns home after many years and tries to re-build a relationship with his father and brothers. This doesn't go very well and as he is about to leave and return to his very lucrative lawyer job in Chicago - his father is charged with Murder. The movie just gets better and better storyline wise but doesn't go so well when trying to mend the broken relationship between father and son. Various issues from the past cause friction and not much is done to heal this issues until the end. This film is all about family and how difficult it can be to repair broken relationships. I loved how Hank was still respectful of his father even though he was angry - he wanted (as any child does) his father's approval and praises for turning his life around a rough start. In the end...He gets it (in so many words). A good wholesome film altogether and one I would definitely recommend.
That's my take,
My Movie Grading: C-
Who doesn't get tired of Nicole Kidman looking frightened and scared in movies? Don't all raise your hands at once. Before I Go to Sleep get's pretty A typical once you've watched about 35 mins of the film. From what I understand it follows the story that the book takes us down quite closely and hasn't been modified too much for the big screen. It has a " Edge of Tomorrow" kind of feel with the repetitive scene of her waking up in a bed, with a man; she doesn't know and then running into the bathroom. This happens most of the movie though each time later in the day after she learns who she is - receives a call from a doctor telling her to look for a camera and watch the recording of herself from the day before. After a long while some action starts and then mystery plagues us and we get slightly interested right as the film is ending. Nothing too exciting, I'm sorry to report but if you like a OK mystery and a film that repeats scenes over again....This is for you! Not a bad performance for Nicole but I can't say that I haven't seen this from her before. I'd like to see something new and different. If this doesn't intrigue you enough to see the film, maybe you can check out the book - tilted under the same name.
That's my take,