With future Hollywood biggies assembling the cast of this 1992 film, it’s perhaps one of those good “School Movies” to come-out pre-Harry Potter era. Nah, it isn’t like that at all. This is a story of anti-Semitism and elitism if you may consider it so. Brendan Fraser plays David Green, a working class Jewish teenager who got himself a football scholarship in his senior year to an exclusive school in Massachusetts. Here, David meets his team mates who are part of the “upper echelon” and have shown Jewish prejudice that made David uncomfortable in so many ways.
We also have here the evil Matt Damon who plays Charlie Dillon whom David replaces as the blocker in the team which totally pisses the former off. To add salt to the injury, he also loses his girlfriend to David. Ouch!
The whole thing didn’t explode in there though – after being harassed for his religion, he was also scrutinized for cheating on a final exam as Dillon exploits his influence to encourage everyone in the school honor system committee to oust Green.
You see, it was actually a well written plot for a feel good “redemption movie.” There were moments in the book that you’d take the punch for David, like you want to give it good to Dillon. Oh, Did I mention that we also have Chris O’ Donnell and Ben Affleck here? No, they’re merely a support act. You see, it’s a delicate process figuring out where this movie really stands. Like remix Dead Poet Society / Scent Of A Woman / With Honors then add some football scholarship angle and you’d get a substandard result – that my friend is School Ties for you.
Director: Robert Mandel
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, Amy Locane, Peter Donat, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter, Peter McRobbie, Zeljko Ivanek
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Set in the 60’s, the film takes us to the journey of Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), two country boys hired to herd sheep through the summer at the Brokeback Mountain. There, they discovered some kind of connection that ultimately awaken something about themselves. As their lives goes on after their Brokeback Mountain stint, the two men realized that truly, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Over time, despite having individual families – they still see each other knowing that what they had is something that is far more important than any forces in their lives.
With the screenplay written by one of my favorite authors, (Larry McMurtry who wrote it along with Diana Ossana) my attachment with this film goes beyond being a fan of the story. The mood of the movie was as melancholic as its characters accompanied by its absolutely haunting musical score. The subtle approach of Ang Lee in delivering a controversial yet heavy emotional narrative allows its audience to weep with the character – such instance happen when the distraught Ennis Del Mar broke down while hugging Jack’s bloodied clothing. That for me was the highlight of the film. This film was short of a stunning portrayal of love loss and eternal questions of what-if. Ang Lee truly is a master of his craft.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Randy Quaid, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Linda Cadellini, Anna Faris, David Harbour, Roberta Maxwell, Peter McRobbie, Kate Mara
via Pinoy Exchange 2014 Movie Challenge
30 Days Movie Challenge – Day 10: A movie of your favorite director (Ang Lee)
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