I had intended to see this film when it came to the mainstream theaters near me, but I missed it. Luckily, however, it ended up coming to the theater where I volunteer, so I got to see it. While I thought that it was a good film, it wasn't particularly amazing.
I have thought about this film for a while, and I have came to the decision that the problem that I had with the film was that it was too character-driven. Yes, the character development is very good, but in courtroom dramas, I think that the film should be more plot-driven. I don't think that the writers were able to put as much detail as should have been put into the story because they were slightly too focused on the characters. This probably led to the large gaps in time that are shown in the film, which created a feeling that is slightly dissatisfying. It's not bad, it's just that it isn't the way that I would have preferred it.
The film does definitely have some great things too, though. The acting is phenomenal. Weisz's performance is extremely heartfelt and warrants a huge amount of sympathy from the audience. In addition, Wilkinson, Spall, and Scott all deliver very good supporting performances. The cinematography is also good, but isn't anything spectacularly original.
So overall, I liked "Denial" but it wasn't a perfect film. It was interesting enough and had good performances, but it could have been more plot-centered.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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