Everybody is a critic. That fact is as old as art itself. I say “fact”, because “critic” merely refers to a person who judges something based on its merits. Throughout time people have expressed their opinions about different forms of art. Everybody has the potential to be a critic. With the internet, everybody has the ability to be a critic as well.
Hollywood royalty, William Goldman once said, “nobody knows anything”. This could very well be true. Art is subjective. While a lot of critics make fine points about films, they are really just giving their opinion at the end of the day. Everyone has different tastes, so what one person enjoys, another might despise. That brings me to Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
If you are a sports fan, you have probably heard the term, “J.A.G”. It means “Just Another Guy” or “Just Another Girl”. It refers to a player who is mediocre. It refers to a player who is not bad, but also not great. It is not a negative term, even though some view it as such. Being a J.A.G. means you are still a professional instead of an amateur. You are still among the best at what you do. It just means there is nothing special going on. I bring up J.A.G., because the term can also be applied to actors and actresses and movies. Not every actor or actress is a leading man or a leading lady or a star. Not every film is Oscar caliber or award worthy. Some of them just exist. Unbroken just exists. It is a J.A.F., Just Another Film. Take it or leave it. See it or do not. It does not matter. Your life will not be improved or unfulfilled by your decision.
I am not going to give a full review of Unbroken. It has been out for a while and better writers have already written about it. Rather than give a full breakdown of the movie, I will bullet point what I disliked (-) and liked (+) about the movie.
+ – The story is amazing, but all P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) stories are amazing. The only difference with this one is that Louis Zamperini was an Olympic athlete. The movie did not have anything else to separate it from other stories about P.O.W.s.
-The Olympic aspect was a bit ambiguous. The movie does not tell you that Louis Zamperini finished eighth or met Adolf Hitler. If you want people to care that an Olympic athlete was a P.O.W., the Olympic aspect should be more celebrated.
-The movie was a little long. It was 137 minutes. Some of it should have been cut. I get that the movie is an ode to Louis Zamperini’s strength, toughness, perseverance, etc., but one P.O.W. camp was enough to show Louis Zamperini’s grit.
+ – The cinematography was really good. The direction was not. Beautiful, creative, and original shots were filmed, but Angelina Jolie lingered on them for too long at times.
+Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, and Takamasa Ishihara all gave really good performances.
Overall I give it 6 out of 10 stars.
Make sure to check out Unbroken out on Blu-Ray today!
*Thank you MoviePilot.com for sending me a Blu-Ray copy of Unbroken. I really appreciate it.