Leaves of Grass movie review
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:
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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