Academy Award winners* Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood confront each other from opposite sides of the law in A Perfect World, an acclaimed, multilayered manhunt saga (directed by Eastwood) that rumbles down Texas backroads toward a harrowing collision with fate. Costner plays Butch Haynes, a hardened prison escapee on the lam with a young hostage (T.J. Lowther in a remarkable film debut) who sees in Butch the father figure he never had. Eastwood is wily Texas Ranger Red Garnett, leading deputies and a criminologist (Laura Dern) on a statewide pursuit. Red knows every road and pothole in the Panhandle. What's more, he knows the elusive Haynes – because their paths have crossed before.]]>
A Perfect World [Blu-ray]
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This film is also Kevin Costner's best work ever, and one has to imagine it came because Director Eastwood sat on him hard. Whatever, Costner gives a very, very good performance, full of depth as a prisoner on the lam. He is actually tough and touching at the same time, no small feat for any actor.
Finally, Laura Dern is also at her best in this film. What happened to her, anyway? Where did she go? Anyway, the romance between the Eastwood character and Dern is understated and very moving, as each character slowly gain respect for the other. Dern is not classically beautiful, but she comes off as very real and smart, with a sense of humor and a real humanity. Hollywood needs more like her, instead of fashion models playing cops. Dern looks natural as hell in the role with a beauty, as corny as it sounds, that comes from within.
All in all, a vastly overlooked gem that is well worth owning.
It becomes difficult when tackling a story like this to define your lines of right and wrong. Sometimes that complication really helps a film, if it provokes the audience to thought, and sometimes it makes things worse, if the audience doesn’t think. This is Clint Eastwood meets Savannah Smiles. It’s dark and it’s gritty and the bad guys are truly bad and not loveable. When a film’s story revolves around the bad guy, it becomes hard to not make the audience love him. Nobody wants to watch a film if they can’t care about the characters. This is where A Perfect World is brilliant, and I’ll attribute it mostly to Costner’s performance. Because even though we know he’s bad, we can’t like most of his actions, and we want justice, Costner manages to pull the viewer inside his character in a commandeering way. Even when we hate his choices, we’re always rooting for him to make the right one next time.
The darker, grittier approach was handled well, and more believably than attempting to get too sentimental with an already-somewhat-sentimental storyline. Digging into difficult issues, for example, such as sexual assault, make for some uncomfortable confrontations, but they pack the punch that is intended. As mentioned, the bad guys are bad, and there’s a lot of language and some other content.
The story flow feels a little bit choppy, and not having watched other Eastwood-directed films, I’m not sure where the majority of the blame falls.Read more ›
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Nicely directed and acted by Clint. Also, Laura Dern and Kevin Costner give very good performances. A nice story.Published 12 hours ago by Patrick Deason
IT issue: The movie kept crashing at exactly the same second at 1 hour and 25 minutes into the movie. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jane Kennedy
Greatest movie ever. Saw it as a kid on VHS and looked EVERYWHERE on the internet for it and every store and couldnt find it.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie! I had seen it previously but I purchased it so my husband could see it. He thought the story line was intriguing and he agreed, it was a great movie..Published 1 month ago by DD
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