Leaves of Grass movie review

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My score:  90%

I can’t say I was too excited to see the Leaves of Grass title on a movie as I’m not a fan of Walt Whitman, and when I looked closer and saw that Felicity’s Keri Russell was in this flick, I almost threw in the towel.  However, the poster inspired me to give it a try.  I love Ed Norton, and he’s playing twin brothers in this movie, and one of his characters is holding a crossbow – looks like hilarious antics are about to ensue!

This isn’t much of a spoiler, but Ed Norton never fires a crossbow in this movie.  He never even holds one.  See, that annoys the hell out of me – why can’t they just put stuff on the poster that actually happens in the movie?  They could have put a ton of other stuff in his hand that wouldn’t have got my attention and he does actually hold in the movie:  a knife, a gun, a guitar, a bong…  Any of these options would have been better than making shit up.

As a final bit on this whole movie poster thing, there are actually two other movie posters for this flick:

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Make up your friggin mind, will ya?  This isn’t Star Wars -just pick a poster and be done with it!  It’s too late to guess how these posters would have affected my desire to see the movie as I was too lazy to trek onto the internet and read a plot synopsis.

I guess nobody in Hollywood was interested in releasing this movie as it came out in 2009 and this is the first I’ve heard of it.  I don’t understand why (maybe it’s Felicity’s fault?); I’d see anything with Ed Norton in it.  Oh well.

I don’t want to spoil the movie, but I will say that Ed Norton plays twin brothers who are total opposites, Susan Sarandon  costars along with the guy from O Brother, Where Art Thou? (who was also in The Incredible Hulk with Ed Norton) and even Felicity does a nice job.  I wouldn’t exactly call the flick a good time for the whole family, but it is a great movie.  Nothing is incidental – it’s very well crafted and I highly recommend it.

However, I do not recommend Walt Whitman or his book, Leaves of Grass – unless you’re having trouble sleeping.  I don’t like his writing or the man himself; he claims he wrote a temperance novel while he was drunk and he referred to himself as the messiah of American poetry… blah.

Leaves of Grass is available on Netflix instant – check it out!

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Posted on April 23, 2012, in movie review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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