This film was playing at a nearby film festival a few weeks ago, however I was unable to reach it as it played during times that I was busy. The film had an intriguing premise, and Jesse Eisenberg is a phenomenal actor, so I was excited when I heard that it was coming to the local indie theater.
The plot truly was intriguing. It didn't go too quickly, however it never dragged either. The film was very much a serious drama, however it also had some good moments of comedic relief. The story and characters were compelling. The movie made you feel drawn into the world of the characters for the course of the film. The characters are perfectly flawed and relatable. The writing also does some really great things with symbolism, such ass a scene in which a passage from a book is read, paralleling the life of one of the characters.
The acting of the film is also great. Jesse Eisenberg is as good as expected, however he is not the lead, despite his his prominence in the advertising. Regardless, he still does a phenomenal job in his supporting role. Gabriel Byrne was great in his role too, in the leading role, and most dynamic character of the bunch. The real surprise, however, was Devin Druid, who portrayed a surprisingly realistic teenage character. For a film that would seemingly be condescending towards this archetype, Druid's character, Conrad was actually very well-written. i caught one error in the writing, however it was not substantial, and would be considered a spoiler, so I will refrain from describing it. Otherwise, the writing was very well thought-out.
So "Louder Than Bombs" was a truly great film. The writing, acting, and cinematography are all great. I recommend that you watch it if you get a chance, however I know that this one is not getting a wide release.
Louder Than Bombs
Big Tuna's Rating: A+.
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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