Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Now, normally, I would never have gone to see a film that had the words "based on a true story" anywhere near it. I don't like to watch films or read books that are based on true stories, because I always feel that I can predict the ending, because the story is hampered by the limitations of reality. Sure, you can tell me that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, but I'll just smile and nod and secretly disagree with you on that point. This film, though...well, I was interested in the premise because I thought it was so ridiculous, and then the fact that it's been winning so many awards while being kind of snubbed by the Academy intrigued me further. So I went to see it (and thanks to Vue for bringing it back, although really it's their fault I didn't get to see it the first time around because they kind of buried it in the schedule and then took it off really quickly).
And actually, the fact that it was based on a true story was what created the tension and made it an excellent film to watch. Had it been complete fiction, I would have known what to expect of the ending - that all the hostages would get home safely and live happily ever after. A typical Hollywood ending. But the fact that it was based on a true story meant I really didn't know what would happen. And it was gripping. Truly gripping. The storming of the embassy was beautifully done, and the mixing of original and new footage worked really well. And the ending...well, I won't say any more, I won't spoil it for anyone, but it is tense. Truly tense.
As with any film, there were little things that bothered me, but I don't really want to write about those, because I think that overall the film was excellent. The acting, the writing, the directing, the music, the costumes. There isn't a weak link here, and it fully deserves all of the awards it has received in the last few weeks, though I can't say I hope it wins the Oscar for Best Film. I'm now torn between this film and Silver Linings Playbook.