I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
I'd never heard of this film, so I'm very glad I stumbled on to it! It's a dark, intelligent, well acted comedy. I loved it and will be one of the few films I'll enjoy watching a second time n
It took a little bit for this one to get revved up, but once it did, boy howdy, it really delivered the goods. Darkly humorous, ultra-violent, and plot twists that keep coming right up to the very end, Gringo easily measures up to its contemporaries such as "Lucky Number Slevin", "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", and "Snatch".
Stellar camera work, magnificent writing, and all-around great performances by Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Joel Edgerton, and the amazing David Oyelowo. Put this one on the must see list, gang!
It does not disappoint.
I like dumb action comedies, you just sit back and have a hearty laugh at all the goofiness that goes on then doze off when you get bored, there's no better way to relax after a stressful day.This movie is nothing like that. I thought it was from just looking at the trailer, but the truth is I was really intrigued by the plot from start to finish. I keep seeing other reviews where people call this a comedy, a dark one even, but I feel like the only comedic character was the protagonist, and there was nothing dark about the humor he portrayed. Some of the other characters are even outright scary, so unlike other action comedies you actually feel like our main man is in real danger. Not only that, but he actually goes through some serious character development, which is something I've never seen in a regular comedy. I mean here you have this clueless goody-two shoes who resents all the 'bad' people who have it better than him, and believe me I was not rooting for this guy at all, just felt sorry really. But as the movie went on I got to see the real struggle in his heart as his situation gets worse and worse, then somewhere along the way I started feeling like I knew where he was coming from.It's sad to see people trying to compare this to other movies, like they were trying to make Sicario with a hint of Forrest Gump and a dash of Rush Hour, something like that. But you can clearly tell this movie actually stands on its own, with a tightly woven plot, solid characters, and plenty to reflect upon. Though I have to admit, I don't know what genre this movie fits in either, but whatever it is, I think this is one of its best pieces.
I was having a chat with a friend earlier about how many of the Hollywood movies seem to be reboots, remakes, and sequels, though one of the main reasons for this is that movies tend to be high risk endeavours costing at times hundreds of millions of dollars that actually trying something new is simply not worth it. I guess this is why some of the really original films actually end up being at the low end of the market, and it appears that this film certainly falls into that category. While the film itself isn't strictly original, there are elements of it that certainly set it apart from a lot of the other films that we see around the place.
Basically it is about this middle manager who got his job simply because he was friends with one of the bosses. However, he is a nice guy, and the reality of the business world is that nice guys end up getting shafted. Well, he ends up in Mexico sorting out some business with a plant down there, and upon discovering what is really going on decides that he might try extorting some money out of the company, and the fact that his wife had just left him, there really isn't all that much left for him back in the states.
This is one of those films that introduces us to multiple disparate characters who all eventually come together - well not quite, but there is a connection there. One of them is a guy that has been persuaded to go to Mexico and bring back some pills for analysis. However, there is also a Mexican drug lord that has been profiting off of the company's underhanded dealings, and when he discovers that he has also been cut off, decides that he wants to take what he believes to be rightfully his.
I guess in the end it is the characters that really make this film, and that can actually work well - create the characters and build the film around them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but then again if you have a well rounded character that will react in certain ways in certain situations then you are on the way to actually creating a half decent story. Okay, I won't necessarily say that this is one of the best films out there, but it certainly has its perks, and the characters really did stand out at times - particularly the protagonist Harold. Having a Nigerian accent also added to that authenticity.
There is one thing about this film that stands out, and that is loyalty, or rather the lack of it. I noticed that out of all the characters in the film there were only two that could be considered honest and loyal - pretty much everybody else was completely untrustworthy. The question that is raised though really comes down to whether it is worth it. Well, it was a bit of a hit or miss in this film - not all of the dishonourable people got it, and not all of the decent people got away clean. Sure, a number of the nasty characters did get it in the neck, but a few of them managed to get away. I guess this is another other of this nice things about the film because while a number of these characters ended up meeting a rather sorry end, not all of them did.