Brothers is a film I’ve been looking forward to seeing for a while now. While the trailer looked like it gave a little too much of the plot away, it still captured my attention. So I got a chance to watch the film on the internet in actually good quality, and I got to say while it didn’t live up to my expectation, it’s still a solid, well-made film.
Tobey Maguire has never been threatening to me or scary, I’ve always just thought of him as Spider-Man. But for those of you going into this film expecting that same sort of character, you’ll be surprised at how scary he becomes. His performance is incredible, and you don’t think of him as just a selfish asshole like the trailer states (we’ll get to more of that in a little bit).
In fact all the performances are great. You can care for all these characters, even in their rights or wrongs. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job, and so does Natalie Portman. Sam Shepard isn’t in the film much, but whenever he’s onscreen, he fits in the role and does a damn good job. But the performance that stood out for me, even more than Maguire’s, was the performance of the two daughters in the film. It’s some of the best child acting you’ll ever see.
The trailer leads you to believe that when Maguire’s character comes back, that he’s pissed because he thinks his brother sleeped with his wife, but that’s not the case at all. He’s seen things and actually did things that are haunting him and that’s why he acts the way he does. And when you see what he does, you see why he goes kinda crazy. The whole film is very powerful and it makes you feel something in the end.
My biggest problem had to do with the story. The overall story and point isn’t bad, but the whole film I was thinking of ways it could have been done better. It doesn’t ruin the film, of course, but it still makes me think about how it could have been a lot more dramatic and frightening.
Brothers is not what I was hoping it would be, and it isn’t one of the best films of the year, but still it is a well-made film, with some of the best acting I’ve seen all year. Will it get any award nominations? It’s hard to say, but if it’s for anything, it’ll be for the actors like Tobey Maguire. I give Brothers an 8/10.