Road to Perdition (2002)

Beautifully ominous but a borderline bore.

Sam Mendes has a unique skill of directing beautifully haunting movies. They have a melodious music, textured like A Calm amidst the Storm. Road to Perdition is a movie similar to “American Beauty” in its existential and emotionally revealing picture of a man’s life.

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Plot

A crime family, headed by Rooney lived far north in the times of Mob enforcement. Michael Sullivan is their trusted gun, leading a quiet and mysterious life with his wife and two young boys. The story is narrated by the elder son, Michael Sullivan Jr when he witnesses his father and Connor Rooney, the heir to the family, murder an associate. In a foul attempt to shut his mouth, Connor kills the younger son and the mother and attempts an assassination of Michael Sullivan. The son, now has to come to terms with his father’s dangerous profession and his tormented life. Ravaged by the news, Michael Sullivan devotes himself to protecting his son and vengeance for his family. Along the Road to Perdition, junior observes a previously unknown side of his father’s sentiments and his existential crisis. Where in, the father’s action however immoral and dangerous for both of them, leads to moment of an inexplicable truth and choice. Where he shall preserve his son’s conscience and redeem his future with the hopes of leading a better life than his.

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Likes and Dislikes

I’ve always had a special liking for movies of Sam Mendes. Be it the intrepid course of existentialism in “American Beauty” or the complex intricacies of a couple’s lives in “Revolutionary Road”, His movies are “Beautifully Haunting”. He displays his signature charms and idiosyncratic direction in this movie too. Tom Hanks is at his usual best throughout the strong events that shape the movie. The movie hooks in a strange way, where the storyline and the plot flow aren’t as important as their hidden emotional manifestations and metaphors.

The story had less of showcasing. Most of the times, the screen seems dull with no apparent use of the ongoing scene. With no elements of surprise or glamour till the end, the movie can come off as uneventful and boring. Certainly not a qualifier for the robust entertainer.

What’s My Point

With its simple plot and well-presented emotional and realistic content, Road to Perdition has a beautifully clear story and message. A good watch for anyone into graceful, story oriented movies with a hint of entertainment and room for afterthought.

 

You’ve Got Mail

Reading. Rivalry. Romance. Revealing..In that order.

I finally understood why people consider Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as one of their favorite on screen pairs. My first time seeing Tom Hanks in a romantic role after a glimpse of it in the Terminal. It wasn’t disappointing and in fact, was a pleasantly surprising make over of typical love story between the rivals.

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Plot

New York city. Its the era of internet. While some people are busy clamoring about the technology, Kathleen Kelly is really fond of it. This fondness is because of the feely emails she’s been exchanging with an unknown person online. Playing it safe, both have marked specifics of their lives as off limits. Her emails contain nothing of substance and yet hold her honest perspectives about life. Kathleen owns an affable children’s book store which holds her deep sentimental values. On the other side, Joe Fox is a successful businessman in the light of bookstores. His brand of a giant bookstore is about to open in the same corner as Kathleen’s and she’s about to run out of business. A budding rivalry between the two continues in a rage, but little do they know, that everyday their heartfelt emails are actually being sent to each other. Joe realizes this soon in time but has realized that Kathleen will never forgive him for closing down her mother’s bookshop. He realizes that he has only one way of winning her over. As Joe fox himself. He tries to redeem their relationship by acting aloof about the emails and slowly starts bonding with Kathleen. And finally, he makes her realize that the person she mails to, is the man she’s truly in love with.

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Likes & Dislikes

The movie provides a realistic view of the ugly situations, when personal life and business interfere without your control on either of them.With a simple story in hand, the most complicated emotions surrounding the plot are dealt with ease. From the dialogues to the philosophy, the movie practices what it preaches.Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have an impeccable chemistry on screen and complete the feel of the movie. With a very good show of bitter turned sweet romance, the story is eloquently intricate and provides a revealing sense of the things as “Nothing is what it just looks like”.

The first half of the movie seems dragged, and is boring at many instances. Although the subject background is important, but the main plot seems to be scanty in comparison to their initiation. A little more time on screen developing the plot would’ve made it more enjoyable. There are few shots, which are ineffective and have no purpose, although the screen presence and the frames are excellent.

What’s my Point?

An entertaining watch, which is filled with hilarious moments and subtle romance. The movie is light hearted and yet intricately developed with a few cliched scenes. But a watch worthwhile for any Rom Com lover.

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