Wednesday, September 08, 2010

On "The American"

From The Dispatch:
"The American" is Corbijn's distillation of the archetype of the lone gunslinger through a very specific stylistic lens. Here, Clooney represents not just a person but an entire persona, examining the moral and personal toll of an image Hollywood has long glorified. There is a meditative quality to the film that some may find frustrating, but for those willing to surrender to it there is a lot to be discovered here. The long silences and lingering takes (not to mention the gorgeous cinematography by Martin Ruhe) provide a window into Jack's troubled soul. Clooney has never been better than he is here, his hangdog eyes betraying the weariness beneath his stone cold veneer.
Click here to read my full review.

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