stars for its stars)
Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Speaking? 21 Grams is drama as it should be! The
film's only snag is all its god fearing stuffamagal. But, the
performances are powerful and positively riveting.
del Toro likes to take chances with his career...morph, test,
fail and succeed...here he's hit gold. Sean Penn, as always,
morphs into his character's skin. But it's the boys' female
cohort that truly steals this show. Naomi Watts proves she's
no flash in the good-script-choice-lucky-casting pan. She is
professor Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is ill. His
wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) wants to make sure she keeps a little
something of him after the funeral - a baby.
Paul's not real gung ho about the whole little human addition
to the world idea. See, his heart's fading - fast, and he's
a tad uncomfortable with the thought. Especially since he's
kind of over the wife altogether...
When his name pops up on the "list" for a donor heart
all sorts of tales start to merge.
are introduced to Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro). Jack's trying
real hard to keep on the right track. Reality of his shady past
- which includes prison terms - keeps biting him in the ass.
He's embraced the lord and has become addicted to the belief
in faith. His soul is still tortured. But he's trying.
there's the last piece of our puzzle, housewife Cristina Peck
(Naomi Watts). She has a pristine life. But we get the idea
- instantly - she didn't always drive the SUV and sit calmly
at the PTA functions. Her past is a mix of drugs and fixes but
a horrible accident claims her family's lives the three tales
are irrevocably entangled and the result is stomach churning
drama the screen has not seen for a while. In lesser hands this
often god-pushing script would have been mediocre at best. Lucky
for us the talent explodes from the frames like cinematic dynamite!
is a treasure. What's he six-foot four of pure seasoned mansteak
marinated in a blend of manly yum? I adore this scrumptious
piñata of manly bits
aside from the fact I'd give
a bit of my own soul for a sinful night of tequila and bearskin
rugs for the guy
he's got immense and intense talents.
This is an incredibility vulnerable role. Hombre hermoso del
it's getting boring to go on and on about his talents.
I mean does he have a bad film? Oh yeah, that weird indie The
Weight of Water
forgive. BUT for the most part he's
platinum. Here he reminds you why.
here's the keeper of the light. Ms. Naomi Watts. This chickbabe
squared stole the boyz' thunder
not an easy feat. It must
be something in the water of Australia. Their imports expose
soul on film, willingly and perfectly. Give this girl the accolades
she deserves. Goodonya.
Grams is great. The god stuff being continually beaten into
our little heathen minds is what kept if from getting the coveted
four stars from me
the performances however? Four stars
squared. This is a must for all thespian-snorting addicts!
recommendation: Nonalcoholic beer.