Friday, 26 November 2010

The American

It will come as no surprise that The American looks fantastic, directed as it is by rock photographer Anton Corbijn, who was responsible for some of the most iconic shots of U2 standing in the middle of nowhere looking grumpy that were ever taken, not to mention his previous film Control, which was also grimly beautiful in its own special way.
The improbably-lit Italian town of Castel del Monte looks fantastic, Thekla Reuten looks fantastic in a series of confusing wigs and fabulous outfits, Violante Placido looks fantastic in absolutely nothing, which she is for most of the film, and George Clooney looks like George Clooney.

All of which is a good job because there's not much else about The American to be said. Action and dialogue is minimal, and what does get done or said is fairly predictable.

Fortunately there's still the IMDb Parents' Guide to rely on in cases where there's nowt else to say:
But which is the mostest intensest? And what's the definition of "most"? It just doesn't matter at IMDb Parents' Guide HQ.


  1. "Mostest intensest?" It is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter.

    This film has intersting magazines, the sort that say more than 'Hello', the sort that go in rifles.

  2. i saw the movie..but i don't really like it, there are only a few movies that impressed me this year and one of them is inception..

  3. That's a shame. I really liked this movie but then I'd read a fair bit about it before seeing it so was fully prepared for the cliches and minimalist tone. I thought George expressed a lot with very little dialogue. I totally bought his character and as you said the cinematography was quite beautiful too.

  4. Yeah, don't worry about the story and/or movie (It IS rubbish), just enjoy the view/cinematography !

  5. I've never seen a George Clooney movie that was even mediocre - they all sucked.