Dialogue, Hopkins lift legal thriller
Effective dialogue doesn't necessarily mean witty dialogue, but wit certainly helps, and you tend not to get much of it in a low-key legal thriller. 'Fracture' is an exception. It features some pungent exchanges between, among others, Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, playing a murderous smoothie and his adversary, a hotshot assistant district attorney.
Like Michael Caine, Gene Hackman and plenty of other pros, Hopkins is at a point in his career where the on-screen effort expended has become practically subliminal (and sometimes frankly lazy). The difference between a less-good and a good Hopkins portrayal is the difference between fighting boredom, and fighting it and winning--transcending the fatigue through sheer, wily craftsmanship. Read more
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#1 Jun 29, 2007
A legal thriller movie is little different than a legal thriller novel. The dialogue goes far toward, not only enlivening the plot, but moving it forward.
As a pace-setter it is vitally important.
Here, for the most part, we get this.
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