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24. Brazil (1985)

29 Jan


Roger’s Rating :

Should be :

T.V. Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings?
Mr. Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority seems to have forgotten certain good old-fashioned virtues. They can’t stand seeing the other fellow win. If they played the game, they’d enjoy life more.

Brazil is about a totalitarian society where following bureaucratic code is more important than doing what is right. The totalitarian state exists to protect itself. The movie has a great look and some great dialogue. I thought it worked as comedy, science fiction and drama.
Roger says in his Two Star Review :
“The movie is very hard to follow. I have seen it twice, and am still not sure exactly who all the characters are, or how they fit.
Perhaps it is not supposed to be clear; perhaps the movie’s air of confusion is part of its paranoid vision. There are individual moments that create sharp images (shock troops drilling through a ceiling, De Niro wrestling with the almost obscene wiring and tubing inside a wall, the movie’s obsession with bizarre duct work), but there seems to be no sure hand at the controls.”
The movie may be more style than substance but it has tremendous style. It also is a really funny look at the totalitarianism that can be caused by bureaucracy. Perhaps, not the most lucid of plots, but it is still tremendously entertaining.
Giving a movie that has an 8.0 rating on IMDB and a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes a 2 star rating has got to be a pretty big mistake on Roger’s part.
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in Roger's Worst

 

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6 responses to “24. Brazil (1985)

  1. Jeanne Conklin

    May 29, 2010 at 4:10 am

    If only I had a greenback for every time I came to rogersworst.wordpress.com… Superb writing.

     
  2. Darryl Crawford

    May 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    If only more than 91 people would hear this!

     
  3. Aug

    June 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

    “Giving a movie that has an 8.0 rating on IMDB and a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes a 2 star rating has got to be a pretty big mistake on Roger’s part.”

    So because everyone likes it, it must be good? Seriously?

    How about stopping with the herd mentality and thinking for yourself?

     
    • Jean Gabin

      June 21, 2010 at 7:55 am

      But I did like the movie.

       
      • Aug

        June 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

        And I like Lily Allen. Doesn’t change the fact that her music is mostly the typical one-note-arrangement, four-chord pop rubbish.

         
  4. Famas

    March 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    So, Aug…are you trying to insinuate that BRAZIL is a “typical” and/or rubbish? Poor argument, pal.

     
 
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