The Good German details
|Starring:||Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Beau Bridges, Dominic Comperatore, Tobey Maguire|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
The Good German
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Nov 2007|
|Subtitles:||English, Arabic, Hebrew|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Cate Blanchett and George Clooney star in this thriller set in post-war Berlin.
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GrippingBy a customer from London , 11 Mar 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I have always been pretty impressed with Soderbergh (aint seen Oceans 12 so dont hold that statement against me, please); I think Clooney has a lot to offer even if he isnt the greatest actor on the planet; and Im a minor Tobey Maguire fangirl, I dont think we have seen all that he is capable of and he makes interesting choices. Im not a fan of black and white films, nor film noir particularly. Have never been able to sit through The Maltese Falcon of Double Indemnity, for example, so I wasnt mad to see it for that reason.
Now, the general critical consensus seems to be that The Good German is a brave attempt, an interesting experiment that has missed its mark. I say: poppycock. The Good Soldier gripped me the whole way through and I enjoyed it much more than expected. Its much more than an interesting experiment, it is quite genuinely A Very Good Film. The layers of the mystery peel away in a measured and tantalising way; there are wry laughs; twists and gasps; great locations; sharp attitude; wonderful music and it looks absolutely ravishing.
And, to those who would compare this to Casablanca or The Third Man, again I say: poppycock. Its no more relevant than comparing Unforgiven to High Noon. Using that logic we would never have had Chinatown (which would make a great double bill with The Good German, by the way). And if you hold that the only point of making a black and white film using period-appropriate technology in 2007 is to make it better than before: Soderbergh has proven that there are only two kinds of film: good and bad. Whether the film is black and white or colour; shot on location or sound-stage; filled with pyrotechnics and special effects or a couple of alley brawls; 120 minutes or 190 it makes no odds if the heart isnt there. The Good Soldier may not have the lasting appeal and cultural impact of Casablanca, but its a darn sight more enjoyable, creative and provocative than hundreds of colour films on general release this year or last.
One bum note potentially controversial I do not rate Cate Blanchett. Shes just another big ham, shes all cold technique and no emotion, she keeps the characters she plays at arms length and telegraphs all the shes up to. She just does not do it for me. Having said that, her style suits this picture remarkably well. Shes melodramatic and bereft of any humour and quite self conscious but it does work. However, she uses a dreadful super-deep femme fatale voice which is like a bad French & Saunders parody saying things like you can nefah leaf Berlin in tones dredged up from her boots.
Lastly, I would say it might take the first few scenes to get used - if you like - to the idiom and the visual language of the whole thing, because it looks so spot-on that the temptation is to think of it as a piss-take but get over that and youll be sold.
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Complex plot line but watchableBy BabyFacedUK (20 reviews) , 16 Aug 2013A gumshoe story set in a desolate, immediate post-war Berlin rather than the more usual sunny and prosperous L.A.
From the first frame the film mimics the look-and-feel of a 1940's movie. After Tully (Tobey Maguire) picks up Jake Geismer (George Clooney) at Berlin Airport a wipe signals the transition to the next scene driving through the bomb-shattered streets of Berlin. CGI makes anything look real. So the obvious choice to dispense with green-screening in favour of a projected backdrop of grainy film must be deliberate. All of which gives an ambiance of a 1940's movie, besides a sense of time and place. Some scenes, however, don't observe the sensitivities of the 1940 anal sex most notably.
Being a detective story the plot line is inevitably murky and enigmatic. Coupling this with a love triangle makes the plot line more complex still. Yet, it remains sufficiently comprehensible to be intriguing rather than baffling. That said, it's no lazy watch, you need to pay attention and make mental note of what's happening.
Performances are good all round. Tobey Maguire's portrayal of Tully, the baby-faced GI who knows everything, is polished and initially stands out the most because he plays such a brash character compared to the rest of the cast. George Clooney comes over as world-weary and worldly wise a sharp contrast to Tully. Except when Geismer stumbles across Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett) the old flame he's been looking for.
The best line in the film is spoken by an extra. Geismer is watching two youths at the water's edge playing with a model boat. The unnamed officer walks up from behind and comments, 'kids, two months ago they were shooting at us.' This sort of thing throughout sustains the film's sense of time and place.
The Good German is a nice piece of teamwork that pulls together the screenplay, cinematography, acting, et al to make a very watchable film.
Good Solid Post WW2 DramaBy Alexander-UK (128 reviews) , 28 Jun 2013I enjoyed the movie and it's black and white theme worked to suit the era. Not the best post movie i've seen from this time but not a bad one by any means. Would recommend a watch.
Not a good film.By The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 11 Mar 2013Kate Blanchet, George Clooney, great cast . Set in Berlin at end of second world war . Filmed in black and white . Disappointing. Good in parts but overall it is poor.
The Good MovieBy Chuquai (60 reviews) from London , 31 Aug 2012I enjoyed this movie. Well directed and photographed, it definately had an old 1940s feel to it and i was riveted. Great performances especially from Cate Blanchette. George Clooney who always seemed to belong in a time warp really looked almost Clark Gable. Give it watch.
No Schindler's List but good all the sameBy Rob33 (5 reviews) from Bristol , 26 Nov 2011This is a great war film. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this film and I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a war film. No Schindler's List but good all the same
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