The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Guy Hamilton is a journalist on his first job as a foreign correspondent. His apparently humdrum assignment to Indonesia soon turns hot as President Sukarno electrifies the populace and frightens foreign powers (imdb)
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As I watched this, I was thinking "this guy playing Billy Kwan is really good". When I found out who it was... MIND BLOWN. Not just a terrific performance, but a fantastic make-up job as well. Beyond that, the movie is solid but not too memorable. It's a shame that Weir moved away from enigmatic pieces to rather formulaic Hollywood-style productions. There's nothing wrong with movie... it's an interesting enough scenario that's fairly well-written. It just doesn't stick to your ribs at all.
Technically proficient with a standout performance from Hunt, but while very engaging as it plays out, my feeling coming out was that it never got deep into any of the issues it touches.
The Billy Kwan character is the heart of the film. His passion for the world of the unseen (both the spiritual world and the world of the poor, unseen by the eyes of the elite) offers a strong counterpoint to the respected journalists covering a contentious political situation. Weir develops the "sight" metaphor nicely, if not a bit obviously. This is a film that has its heart in the right place in pointing toward transcendence. Indeed, in the words of the film, "the puppet master is a priest."
Not bad. It is trying to make some serious commentary on Indonesia's social and political state, but doesn't go too deep or hard into it and Kwan's dialogue on it comes across as quite preachy. The romance story is also very underdeveloped and seems very shoe-horned in, despite Weaver doing an okay job. A well done film, yet still unmemorable.
Thematically messy, and fragmentary editing clouds the story, though it does mostly save it from sluggishness. When the film leaves Billy it loses its center, and I wish it would acknowledge that he really is the main character. But it transcends its flaws to be a near-great picture, thanks to an outstanding sense of place and Hunt's pitch-perfect performance as Billy. Weaver, accent aside, hits the right note of maddening opacity, and it's nice to see Gibson at his pre-crazy, charismatic best.
Ok but I was a bit disappointed, it didn't really get beneath what was happening in the country, and became more of a Hollywood romance between 2 outsiders who ultimately get out and leave the locals to their fate.
|Average Percentile 55.48% from 517 Ratings|