Good (2008) Reviews
To be honest, it is a rather obscure feature so I wasn't really sure what to expect from it but since I have a weak spot for Viggo Mortensen, I was quite eager to check it out. On top of that, I had this movie on DVD for a very long time (more than 4 years in fact...), so it was really time to watch the damned thing. Well, eventually, it was a decent watch but even though it did develop some interesting ideas, I can’t say it really blew me away though. The basic idea was that, even a decent human being, under the right circumstances, might have ended up doing some rather despicable things during WWII. I mean, 70 years later, it is pretty easy to judge the people who got involved in this nazi madness but, if you follow this movie, there is actually a fair chance that you might have ended up doing pretty much the same thing. Indeed, we tend to follow the masses and, if everybody would tell you that is all right, what shouldn't you believe them and do what they say, especially if it will greatly improve your way of life? So, those were some intriguing thoughts but, unfortunately, the whole thing still didn’t work, I'm afraid. Indeed, the biggest issue is that the main character was not actually that 'good', he was in fact in a real wimp and it was therefore rather difficult to care about what he was going through. Also what the hell was going on with his first wife? She seemed to be mentally deranged but that was never really clear to me. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look.
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