Leaving Las Vegas details
|Starring:||Steven Weber, Valeria Golino, Elisabeth Shue, Laurie Metcalf, Nicolas Cage, Julian Sands|
Leaving Las Vegas
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Oct 2008|
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Bitter-sweet beautiful filmBy Thomas Woods from London , 21 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a brilliant film, which defies the standard Hollywood happy ending formula which determines so many movies.
The story follows Ben's (Nicholas Cage) downward spiral from top Hollywood writer to jobless, wifeless, directionless drunk who plans to drink his way to death without anyone's intervention, including the prostitute whom he falls in love with. Nicholas Cage is superb in the role, the type of which he does best (why oh why did he sell out to Hollywood?!) and Elizabeth Shue is also outstanding as his 'lover'.
The way in which neither of them can give up (alcohol and prostitution respectively) what each of them would like the other to give up is very endearing. Perhaps if they both had quit (a possibility outside of Ben's comprehension), a true friendship and relationship might have blossomed but for that we will never know and we are left with the sad ending we are given: all we know is that both lives were touched by one-another's and perhaps thats all we can ever ask for in life? A classic film.
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Not your average boy-meets-girlBy PeaJay (5 reviews) from Chiswick , 09 Jun 2011This film is more about the characters than anything else. It is like a 20th century Romeo and Juliet, with Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue being the the star crossed lovers, and instead of Montague and Capulet, alcohol and prostitution are the barriers preventing the two from being together. The characters are well developed and are each given time alone on screen and time together.
Cage's performance particularly struck home with me, perhaps as I am a man myself and from past experiences of alcoholism in my life. I have to admit I am a fan of Cage, and his name on the movie was a major reason for me choosing to rent this title. However, I won't deny that Cage's career is one of high peaks and low troughs; but this role was perfectly suited to a man who has never seemed to be that conventional and arguably portrays tortured souls in many of his films. If you're looking for a movie to see Cage at his best or are ready to give him a second chance, then this is a prime candidate.
Shue was also well cast and played her role well. The two characters are well developed and given time on-screen not only to show the 'love' story, but also their own unique stories. I don't know what I was expecting from this movie but I certainly wasn't what I got, but what I did get was a great movie and one that got me thinking. This movie is a definite must see, particularly if you are looking for a movie that breaks the conventional love-story mould and something that is a bit deeper than your average a-lister movie.
Never sawBy vanilla_quiff (284 reviews) from Gatwick, England , 08 May 2011Didn't watch it. Couldn't be arsed.
But sure it's good - E Shue usually is
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Good story, unflinchingly toldBy a customer from Herne Bay , 12 Feb 2011Realistic and small scale portrayal of two broken people and one relationship. No Hollywood attempt to kiss it all better for us, but neither is it as bleak a film as it sounds. Plenty of wry amusement as well as good acting and an interesting story.
Boozy Bloke (GSOH) seeks Sexy LadyBy BluePeta (2 reviews) , 19 Dec 2010It's very well-acted, well-filmed and well-directed but it's really the most simplistic - alcoholic - bloke fantasy. A (stunningly beautiful & clever) hooker who wants to protect & perform top sex on a mess of a man while allowing him to indulge in his self-piteous boozing. In return, she gets what? To feel less lonely? It's like a hymn to old-fashioned marriages. Though he very sportingly allows her to work at nights. Why wouldn't he? She's the flaming breadwinner. It's an offensive, abusive relationship and not, I feel, particularly realistic. They'd both be a lot uglier (not just physically) in real life. Nor do I feel any sympathy for either character which is a big flaw. Hollywood plop.
Leaving Las VegasBy muzak (55 reviews) from Oxford , 12 Dec 2010Crtically acclaimed and Oscar winning movie about a doomed romance between a prostitute and an alcoholic determined to drink himself to death within two weeks of arriving in Las Vegas. The movies strengths are the sympathetic, non-judgemental portrayals of two people who are sinking into the depths. These are easily Cage and Shue's best performances. Although the protrayal of alcoholism has been acclaimed as realistic, Cage actually is quite sweet and old-world charming, not as unpleasant as he would be in reality. Shue's is possibly the greater performance, giving a tragic portrayal of needy self destructive love. Less endearing are the meandering pace and conciously arty feel which makes it look somewhat dated. Perhaps time has caught up with this movie.