It is always a pity to see how this great movie is spoiledby the lousy actor Brad Pitt. Or is it just his part that is so bad andsilly? Maybe both. Ok, a blonde, longhaired"natural" actor also seems to me to be the right actorfor the part, but Pitt is not a "natural boy", everythinghe does is calculated to further enhance his "sexy sadboy"image and to lure us away from the fact that he can't act.He reminds me of Errol Flynn. Anyway, despite Pitt everythingin this movie is right: great actors (also in the smallerparts, just watch those great Indians!), great directing,photography, score, script and so on. In fact this isthe only movie I know that is *much* better than itsliterary source. The story the movie is basing on ismore or less just a rough sketch, very Hemingway-like(and I hate Hemingway). All praise to the scriptwriterwho fleshed the story out so wonderfully and addedall those great metaphors. If you have the DVD withthe audio commentary tracks you get more insight intothe mind of Brad Pitt... just watch out for hishomophobic or at least very silly remarks about thedeath scene of Samuel. In the scene where hischaracter leaves his wife he screams something like"f*** off bitch"... I haven't watched any moviestarring Brad Pitt since. I just can't stand towatch that dumb macho guy pretending to be oh so sexyany more.User: Cath-10
This movie is probably one of the most boring movies ever made. I went andsaw this movie because the romantic trailer and its sublime music had mademe enthusiast. Alas ! The music actually came from "The Last of theMohicans" and the real soundtrack proved to be horribly bad. But it isnothing compared to the movie.Before watching it, you had better know that everything is bad in this movie: the actors play so bad that it is hardly believable that the producer didnot sue them. Brad Pitt plays as if he was starring in a Levi'sadvertisement, Julia Ormond is as forgettable as ever, and Anthony Hopkinsis so ridiculous that I doubt he mentions that movie on his careerresumes.As to the plot, it is worse ! You don't need to see the film to know whathappens to the characters : it has the more predictable plot you will eversee !The only quality could be that this melodrama is really melodramatic, butafter one hour, it is so melodramatic that you begin to wonder if it is nota caricature. One thing is sure : some characters in that movie are REALLYunlucky, so that you can understand why they are SO depressed. If you arereally so happy in your own life that you need a little depression, tjismovie may be made for you. Otherwise, just rent another Edward Zwick movie,"Glory"; at least you will lean history and see that a director may make thebest and the worst movies in his career.User: ilovechukrut
The most awful,puffy and worst movie I ever seen. Don't waste your timewatching this f... s... and watch another movies that really worth, butnot this. All the Edward Zwick movies (except "Last of samurai") arestupid and idiot, including "thirtysomething". P U R E S H I T. Rolesof Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the cast are very verystupid, the plot is very simple and... well, I don't like this moviebut I asked myself: why the producers make films like this? probablythey think that Brad Pitt nude give them a lot of money... But this issomething that not happens from the movies of Russ Meyer and hisVixens...User: chriskooter
This is in my top 3 worst films of the 90's (maybe all time!!), nocontest!!! It's easily one of the most overblown, stagnant, andunintentionally hilarious movies ever produced.... The cinematicequivalentof a Gillette advert if scripted by Danielle Steel, it's thatsuperficial!!!! Hi-camp of the first order, by people who should knowbetter.... To be honest, I find myself enjoying it in the same way peoplewill always love Plan 9 from Outer Space!!! If you miss Dr Quinn MedicineWoman or think those black and white posters of muscly guys holding babysare beautiful, I strongly advise you to see this movie, you'll love it!!!Ithink a lot should rest on the shoulders of Mr Zwick who is proving to be(along with Mr Chechick) one of the new hopes for provoking some sort ofcinematic revolution!!!!User: bibi-3
This is not the best I've seen, but it's pretty good.It has a very romantic music and the most beautiful scenary you can imagine( Montana ).
The story is very sad, specially for the enemisty between brothers, but Iliked this movie a lot.
A large scale soap opera with the formula of, "give your characters a bitofjoy and then hit them with plenty of misery." The only good reason towatchthis film is for the depiction of The Great War and the distrust to theGovernment.User: dark_elf02
SPOILER9 years after legends of the fall was released I have finally at the ageof21found the time and a copy to see just how good it is. Well I liked thismovie alotbut at the same time I have issues with it. The story centers on tristanwho is themiddle child of the movie and how everyone he touches or is close to himdies.I was surprised when isabella died. I did not see that coming largelybecausethe movie looked as though it was going to end happily but it didnt ofcourse.The major problem with the movie is that it kept going and going andgoing.
And everyone in this movie seemed to die. Isabella, susannah(played bythegorgeous julia ormond) both beautiful are killed and I would be lying ifIsaid itdidnt pull at the strings of my heart. That I think is the greatestadvantage of thismovie. Its ability to tug at your heart as you cheer for tristan. Yousitin disbeliefas he leaves susannah and goes away for years, and then feel happy as hemarries the girl who always loved him as a child(Isabella), and then youalmostwant to cry when not one but both die. Part of you loves the movie andhates itat the same time
No wonder 'Legends' won the Oscar for cinematography. It was exquisite:even if I didn't have a few questions about the logic of the movie, I"dsee it again just for the sake of all the anti-war comments made byAnthony Hopkins, the old Major. Strange that no one brought in theThomas Jefferson quote concerning the 'terrible legacy of this countrywhen its birth was based on the ignoble treatment of the indigents.'You definitely got the idea that this Major (from Boston, of course)was a highly educated man, who turned his disgust with our governmentinto building a highly viable ranch in Montana.
The puppy dog looks given by Aidan Quinn at his brother's wife-to-beare embarrassing, as is his sad naivete, as he is rooked in by theMontana crooks to run for Congress. As such, the scene is set for his'boys'...criminals one and all....to make life rough for our hero, BradPitt. Like my earlier idol, James Dean, he lives life in the wild,educated by his mentor, the noble savage (i.e., the same folks we stolethis country from).
The problem I have with this movie is with Miss Seductress, who isgiven carte blanche by the narrator, as though the producers knew thatwe the public wouldn't be able to buy her 'innocence'. It takes two totango, folks, and I'm not buying her falling for all 3 guys withoutsome hint of imperfection shown. Especially when she tells Aidan, "nodice" and THEN, as he becomes a wealthy Congressman, marries him. Youcan't be both: a paragon of virtue and someone who marries for wealthalone.
Would love now to read the book, if one was written. The great beautyof my country is there for us all to see. Too bad that so many of thepowerful human beings in it were models for the corruption in ourgovernment today.
This film has good things to offer...awesome cinematography, good actors(especially Anthony Hopkins, Henry Thomas and Aidan Quinn), and a decentscore, but that's about all it has. The movie is very, very depressing(don't see it if you have serious emotional issues), and it's also verydull. The dialogue is cheesy and the story is predictable. I wouldn'trecommend it, unless you like Brad Pitt or the other actors.User: 1423922701
I don't really care one way or another about the contents of the movie -it's a passable historical epic set mostly in the west, and it has momentswhich are evocative of the age. But the score is terrible. I'm sure thatthose who like manipulative music can tolerate or even enjoy the music inLegends of the Fall, but even passing that hurdle, they will likely befrustrated by the fact that at times the music is played so loudly that youcan't even hear the dialog properly.User: C_Hardrick
At first, i didnt want to watch this movie because i thought it was justanother chick flick. But when i seen the action taking place, i knew that nomore, it was also a guys movie. Guys will really enjoy this movie, becauseof fights, and war, and bloodshed. One of the best parts is toward the endwhen everything happens at once.
Alfreds wife commits suicide, Tristan pushs a pitchfork through mans chest,and Tristans father-in-law shoots and kills man that killed his daughter. All of this happens at the same time, very good thematic element, if you askme. After that is the high point of the movie, when cops come to arrestTristan, and hell breaks lose. A horse rares up, and cops turn, Tristansfather pulls out an elephant gun, shots two of the cops, and one is about toshoot Tristan, when Alfred shoots him from behind.
A very good and spectacular movie. I give it 10 out of10.
I love this movie. It is soooo funny. Unfortunately, I don't think itwasactually intended as a comedy. But with a group of snarky family andfriends, this movie is quite a hoot.
The movie starts out interesting enough. Julia Ormond is beautiful.HenryThomas is a cutie pie. Brad Pitt is not nearly as Johnny Depp as hethinkshe is. But the whole sweeping epic family thing draws you in at first.Then the movie starts to stink it up big time.
I think it was Roger Ebert who wondered what was more ridiculous, the factthat the three brothers are on the same battlefield in WWI or the factthatthe British would allow Brad Pitt to wear that long hair. Answer? Noneofthe above. The answer is Anthony Hopkins stumbling around in a bear coatwith a chalkboard around his neck writing upside down better than I canwrite right side up! I know, he's suppose to have had a stroke, but Ijustabout had a stroke watching his ridiculous performance.
Then one more ridiculous thing after another happens. But the real gutbuster is Brad getting eaten by a bear. That had me and the kids rollingonthe floor. Honestly, I looooove this movie!
Legends Of The Fall, the movie that made a legend out of Brad Pitt formillions of women in this planet. I don't blame them. There's no doubthe's so good looking, so blonde, those blue eyes... but he's never beenquite a good actor. As form the movie itself: a long-epic-melodramaticstory about an old man which lives in the mountains, far away from theAmerican civilization (which he hates so much). Anthony Hopkins playsthat old man in one of his worst works ever (especially when hischaracter falls ill with some facial-paralysis); Pitt is one of histhree sons, the wiser one, the more handsome (of course), such a wildguy. Lots of topics, lots of common places for a movie that aimed to besort of a modern "Gone With The Wind": war, love, death...
Well, there ain't many bad things to tell about "Legends Of The Fall",apart from the fact that everything is so obvious and predictable init. Nevertheless, I think it is not a bad movie.
*My rate: 5.5/10
All right, this wasn't the best movie ever made, but I thought it was prettygood. It isn't predictable, as indicted before.And it's amazing what can happen to one family over a period of a few years.It's greatly exaggerated, of course, but I still enjoyed it. I thought thatthe actors did an okay job, and the story itself was very romantic anddramatic--it was enough to bring tears to my eyes at a few points. It's oneof those movies that are meant to affect you, even in the smallest way. Itisn't the greatest, but worth renting, even if just for the story.
It's always a shame when a film such as "Legends of the Fall" looks sogoodand is so well produced, but its plot and its wholeness cannot measure up.Anthony Hopkins stars as the father of three sons: Alfred(Aidan Quinn),Tristan(Brad Pitt), and Samuel(Henry Thomas). They are a close-knit familywithout any degree of malice between them. When Samuel brings home afiancee(the beautiful Julia Ormond), all three sons are enamored by her. With herarrival as well as the coming of World War One, the family is torn apartinshattering ways. The cinematography by John Toll is nothing buttremendous.Alberta's scenery has never looked better, even though it is beingrepresented as Montana. The acting is first-rate, with Hopkins and Quinnstanding out as the best of them. The major problems about this film isitsgrandiose form of storytelling. Some of these legendary plotlines mighthaveworked during the fifties, but seem amazingly contrived today. It is notenough that Ormond has to be involved with one brother in the story, buthas"relations" with all three. Does she have no shame? The nomadic lifestyleofPitt's character also goes overboard, with too much accent on the savagenature of the hunt. He even flaunts this behavior as a soldier, cuttinghisbrother's heart out! Does he have no shame? I will admit I do enjoy awell-written soap opera in the movies. This one tries to be Shakespeareandfails miserably. I highly recommend this epic as a visual feast, butcannotcondone some of the plot angles in this mediocre story. Note: Somebodyplease teach Brad Pitt how to be a credible actor!Rating: Two stars and a half.User: liderc
This movie is really terribly good photographed... the colors arebreathtaking. The score is also really very good, I bought the soundtrackalbum. But the rest.... well.Brad Pitt looks quite good with that long blond hair, but I don't reallylike him, and altough the story has some overdone cheesy melodramaticelements that can annoy you (like the works of the writer RosamundePilcher), it has sometimes (especially at the end) a kind of monumentalcharacter, I mean as if the characters are really legends, that is quitenice. The performances are quite good, but for me this is still a movie for16 years old girls who want to see Brad Pitt and cry.User: dwiggins-2
This movie was certainly filmed well, and some of the acting was quitewelldone, but overall I would give "Legends of the Fall" a 5/10. The storywasvery simple, yet still hard to follow at times. That is, I often didn'tunderstand why the characters were doing what they were doing, because itwasn't stated, acted out, or even hinted at by the screenplay. Even thetitle didn't really make any sense after watching the movie. What weretheLegends, and who or what fell?
I had little sympathy for any of the characters, either because they weretoo shallow, or because they ignited and stoked the very fires that burnedthem. Here's what I'd put on the back cover of the video:
A great ensemble cast plays a closely knit family torn apart by everytragedy imaginable. Following each tragedy, One Stab sings, Susana cries,Tristan cries then flies into a violent rage. The tragedies arepunctuatedby Tristan's underexplained soul-searching journeys around the world, andbymore of Susana crying. Oh, and Alfred gets mad and cries a lot, too.ThenSusana cries and mopes some more. All this leads up to a somewhatunrelatedclimax, and the viewer is left feeling empty and wondering exactly whathappened. But at least Susana stops crying... ;)
Bottom line: lots of crying, lots of moping and/or rage, and muchdepression. Have fun, kids!
I have seen many thousands of movies in my life, but there are few thatare able to move me over and over like this movie can. Its theme oftragic loss, unrequited love, and the importance of family rings aneternal bell in my soul. Its visual grandeur, and lessons of holding towhat is good, and following one's inner voice, well overshadow the fewmoments of unusual dialogue.
The chemistry between Pitt and Ormond is simply mesmerizing, and GordonTootoosis' narration is impacting and full. Aidan Quinn and HenryThomas turn in excellent performances as the idealistic brothers, andAnthony Hopkins is formidable and down right believable as Col. Ludlowand father of the war-torn brothers.
This is a movie that I will watch over and over with the samewonderment and interest, and I know that it will move me to laughterand tears as it always has.
8-2-01There are very good films that have all around chemistry. And there arethose great films that have universal special chemistry. Legends of the Fallis definately of the latter. Built from a base so rich in character, thisvisual story of a families history through prosperity and tragidy is sobeautifully expressed from all levels. Brad Pitt has yet to surpass hisperformance in this film or, will it always be his Gone with the Wind. Istill cannot believe he wasnt at least nominated for best actor. Every actorfrom Anthony to Adian, Ormond to Pitt gushed in Legends, the breath ofexcellence accompanied with the elegance and talent of the direction andcinematography. A story so rich, so masterfully expressed, so visuallybreath taking, so brilliantly orchastrated, one knows this kind of filmmaking is by chance and masterful talent. One of my all time favorite films.
This was one of the most depressing and saddest movies ever. This moviemade me cry more than any other movie I've ever seen. Anthony Hopkins,AidenQuinn, Henry Thomas, and Brad Pit presented wonderful performances. Themusic and cinematography was wonderful as well. 8 out of10.