Sunday, April 09, 2006

If you argue right, you are right.

I saw the first great movie of 2006 last night -- Thank You For Smoking, written and directed by Jason Reitman. The movie stars the brilliant Aaron Eckhart, who plays Nick Naylor, the spokeman for Big Tobacco, a man whose job is to get people to smoke. Other standouts in the cast include William H. Macy, Rob Lowe, Maria Bello, and Robert Duvall.

Thank You For Smoking is a dark and hilarious satire of lobbyists, of freedom, of politicians, of America. It is a story of bendable morality, of "Merchants of Death," and of concerned parents. It stabs at our image-based culture, where perception is reality. Reitman's style on his first feature shows the work of a real filmmaker. The movie contains cut-shots, freeze-frames, screen text, and voiceover, and none of these feels like a gimmick. The film tells the complicated story of a complex man.

Nick and "Cancer Boy"

Most importantly, Thank You for Smoking is hilarious. I laughed out loud more during this film than I have in a long time. The humor is dark and deeply ironic -- one scene features the lobbyists of the alcohol, tobacco, and firearms industries arguing over whose product is the best at killing people. And when Nick confronts the senator from Vermont who is on a crusade against tobacco, Nick changes the tenor of the debate in a brilliant, sneaky, and very funny way. Finally, Rob Lowe plays a Hollywood super-agent, and when Nick pitches the idea of getting movies to portray smoking as sexy, the interchange between Lowe and Eckhart is priceless.

This will be one of the best films of the year.

9 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

I saw the preview for that and it looked really funny.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger hannah posited...

what i got from your post is that all the good parts are in the trailer.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Not true at all, Hannah. Some of the great moments are in the trailer, that's true, but there is much more to it. The enitre movie is great, and there are many R-rated moments not in the trailer. Plus with the parts I mentioned, they only show a very small bit of those scenes in the trailer.

I'm sorry that "the first great movie of 2006" and "one of the best films of the year" seem like comments I would make about a movie in which all the good parts are in the trailer.

 
At 1:57 AM, Blogger hannah posited...

i think you're mistaken as well, wanninger...

"one scene features the lobbyists of the alcohol, tobacco, and firearms industries arguing over whose product is the best at killing people" - in the trailer.

"And when Nick confronts the senator from Vermont who is on a crusade against tobacco, Nick changes the tenor of the debate in a brilliant, sneaky, and very funny way." - in the trailer

"Finally, Rob Lowe plays a Hollywood super-agent, and when Nick pitches the idea of getting movies to portray smoking as sexy, the interchange between Lowe and Eckhart is priceless." - sort of, kind of in the trailer.

THOSE were the comments i was referring to.

 
At 4:00 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Yeah, I know those scenes are in the trailer. But you said "what i got from your post is that all the good parts are in the trailer."

As with just about every movie in history, yes, some of the best scenes are indeed in the trailer. But there is a vast difference between "some of the best parts" and "all the good parts." If I had said in my review "And now for an exhaustive list of the only three parts that were good" then you'd be on to something.

Semantics aside, you'll like it lots. Some guy in the theater when I saw it had a laugh that sounded like he was giving birth to a herd of manatees. (Herd? Flock? School?)

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

And when I say "As with just about every movie in history, yes, some of the best scenes are indeed in the trailer" I am of course excluding the trailer for the new Marie Antoinette.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Kid C posited...

I think JW won this "debate."

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Carson posited...

I haven't had a chance to see this one yet, but I am looking forward to it.

But I just saw "Brick" last night. I was very impressed. Go check it out if you can find a theater that is actually showing it.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger hannah posited...

ah, hookreed, i don't think this is as much of a debate as much as it is an ARGUMENT. hahahahahahahhahahahahahaha I'M FUNNY.

but seriously wanninger, when all the scenes you single out are ones i've already seen, i just worry about how good it's gonna be, y'know? but you say it's good, so whatevs.

and seriously, i still hate kirstin dunst.

 

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