Re: Viewing Journal -- 2014
Even not having read the book myself, it felt to me when watching the film that it was skimming over the surface of something far deeper. That's something I wouldn't have expected from a collaboration between Peter Weir and Paul Schrader, both of whom have obviously been responsible for great work.
Harrison Ford does deserves a lot of credit though for really throwing himself into the central role; it's unlike anything he's ever played before, and it's amazing just how obnoxious and infuriating he makes that character right from the get-go. It's a towering performance, but because it's given so much focus that could have been more evenly spread out to other areas, it ends up bringing down the film.