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- Director and Editor Commentary
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Whether or not Dito Monteil scrimps on the bad in his film of his autobiography, "A Guide to Recognize Your Saints" is very doubtful because this film is at turns brutal, violent, emotionally poignant and difficult and many scenes are so truthful that they are almost impossible to watch.
There is also much beauty here: scenes of Love: Dito (a truly amazing Shia LeBeouf in a career making performance) and his father (the great Chazz Palminteri) in the bathroom after Dito's friend is killed, a grown up Dito (Robert Downey Jr.) and his mother (a tragic, loving, disappointed Dianne Wiest) on the porch stoop discussing Dito's friend Antonio (a terrific Channing Tatum )...these scenes form the emotional center of the film around which all the others rotate and draw strength from.
"AGTRYS" is ultimately a story of friendship among 5 boys (Dito, Antonio, Mike, Joey and Nerf): all desperately poor, all full of pride and bravado and all full of emotional and sexual fire with very few ways to diffuse and direct it.
Dito Monteil has created a thoughtful, emotional and heartfelt film, a memoir really, about his childhood and the people that were most important to him at that time. It truly is about the everyday Saints and Angels that people our lives and because it is set in a slum in no way diminishes its beauty and grandeur.
Some viewers may wonder whether Robert Downey, Jr., is the right fit for the role he plays, but if you're a fan, you won't mind his portrayal of a perplexed and troubled man thrust into the position of making amends with a dying father who seems to have loved another man's son more deeply than his own. The DVD has a commentary by the director, an informative making-of featurette including interviews with cast members and the director, plus other material.
The semi-autobiographical tale follows a young Dito as he begins to look for a life beyond the narrow world of Astoria Queens. His father (Chazz Palminteri) views Dito's pending departure as an act of betrayal to the family.
Surprisingly, one of the strongest performances comes from Channing Tatum as the doomed street thug who's life is tied to Dito's. He struts his way though the role like a young Brando at his peak. His character is the one of most vibrant and most heartbreaking seen in a film this year.
Though the genre is familiar, this film breathes new life into the tired style. It proves that it isn't the subject matter that makes a great film, but, rather the way in which it is presented.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent movie that is poorly directed. The way the camera snaps back and forth all the time it make sit feel very disjointed. There's also no ending of any kind. Skip this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wm D. S.
I don't know if I like this film because I grew up in Queens in the 1980's or if I like it because it's really good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by McSizzle
I thought the story line was the best part and really held the movie together.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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