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Re: Directing The Patriot
Posted by Andrea on December
25, 2000 at 08:12:
-:In Reply to:Re: Directing The Patriot posted by Scott
on Dec. 24, 2000 at 18:12:
I couldn't have said it better. Had The Patriot been directed by someone other
than Emmerich, I wouldn't be surprised if there were Oscar nominations. And
why not? It's a powerful story,
superbly acted and carefully produced. This gets me mad as hell. The injustice,
I mean. I guess that same reputation prevented the movie from a better performance
at the box office. What a shame. Emmerich says that no matter critcs and box
office, he is proud of The Patriot. And I don't know why he wouldn't. To be
honest, I hated Godzilla and Independence Day, but as far as The Patriot is
concerned Emmerich has every reason to feel proud.
I hadn't think about the lead matter. But I guess you're right. Mel Gibson's
Mad Max label doesn't help. I must confess that I had never regarded him very
highly as an actor myself, seeing him more as an action figure than a dramatic
actor. I started to change my mind with Braveheart and I'm definitely impressed
with The Patriot. By the way, I find those Braveheart II comments rather irritating.
It's as though people have a bee in their bonnet about both movis, not giving
theirselves the trouble to sit down and see what The Patriot is really about.
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And yes, I can't imagine this movie directed by someone else either. I don't
know what Spielberg or others would have done, but I'm pretty happy with the
actual result. And I must add in defence of The Patriot that it swept me in
a way that neither Braveheart nor Saving Private Ryan did.