I have seen this before, and I really love it. For my next project in one of my classes, I will be making a "Swede trailer" for this film, so I needed to revisit the film to figure out how to best recreate the film in a comedic manner.
The film is really well made. The cinematography is beautiful. One of the few issues that I have with the movie is an issue more of personal preference, and that was the use of time lapse footage. I thought that it looked really choppy and was a bit distracting.
The story is definitely extremely compelling and well-written. We root for the character of Aron despite the fact that he made some questionable choices. The writing blends the elements of drama and thriller with slight bits of humor really well. Scenes when Aron is descending in to madness, such as his video diary simulating a talk show are amazingly written. The film also does a really good job with its use of motifs and symbolism to illustrate points.
James Franco is definitely the driving force behind the film. The film was already great, but his performance is likely what made the film as amazing as it was. His performance felt very natural to me, as he really did well portraying the personality of the written character. This is probably because I feel that James Franco seems pretty arrogant in real life, and that is the way that Aron is written.
So overall, "127 Hours" is a really great film. I definitely recommend it, especially if you have never seen at before, as it is very well done and is a very interesting and inspirational story.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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