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Linda Hunt's picture
- David H.
Despite a young handsome Mel Gibson and the smoldering sensuality of Sigourney Weaver this is Linda Hunt's picture. Although the pacing is slow at times, this is a generally engaging film, especially when it gets into the motivations behind Ms. Hunt's character Billy Kwan. People like a previous reviewer forget characters sometimes have been played by members of the opposite sex in theater and opera for ages. Fortunately, the Academy Awards took greater note of her performance than of stereotypes and gave Ms. Hunt a well-deserved Oscar.
year of living dangerously
- kevin sellers
Aside from the fascination of Linda Hunt's performance, which seems to have captivated everyone who has ever seen it, (with the lone exception of the extremely conventional previous reviewer, Don Riley), this is a rather ordinary third world in crisis movie with not much to recommend it, especially when compared to classics of the genre such as "Battle Of Algiers" and "Salvador". There is a notable absence of tension from director Peter Weir and it is not until the last half hour, starting with Hunt's character's death, that the movie generates the sort of disturbing imagery and situations that should have been evident throughout. And the Hollywood Happy ending, featuring the two leads embracing on the airplane ramp, looks ahead to Weir's very successful commercial career in Lotus Land. And speaking of those two leads, Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver, their not very compelling relationship takes precious time away from potentially interesting but undeveloped characters such as a sybaritic, gay Aussie journalist, Gibson's skittish, lazy but ultimately loyal Indonesian driver, and Hunt's adopted slum family. For these unfortunate omissions you can blame the screenwriters, both credited (David Williamson, Weir, and C.J. Koch upon whose novel the movie is based) and otherwise (the usually good Alan Sharp). So let's give it a generous B minus, mostly for the great location shooting in the Phillipines which to my admittedly untutored eye does a first rate Indonesia imitation. P.S. The other great performance in this film besides Hunt is given by Bembol Roco as Gibson's assistant, Kumar, a fascinating combination of quiet revolutionary fervor and admiration for his western boss.
Women should not play Men's parts in Films.
- DON RILEY
With all the rave reviews for Linda Hunt. I just don't get it ? She is so distracting in this role, that she spoils the continuity of the film. She also damages the other actors interaction. She has a woman's voice its way too high for a man She looks like a woman playing the role of a man. I guess its possible that its by design (to set her apart) But, when you think there are more actors than grains of sand on the beach, you would believe they could have found a worthy man to play the role and it would be more seamless. The only good part is this is not done more often. It may have worked for the Academy and the critics but its awful. I think the public was sold a bill of goods on this award, it is not the best Supporting actress it is the most Outstanding (standing out) actress in a film because its so ridiculous.
The Year of Living Dangerously
This is a heart wrenching film because it reminds me of the daily struggle many people have against tyrany. Peter Weir and Mel Gibson received death threats while trying to make this film. They were barred from making the film in Indonesia. This was not an easy endeavour. When I first saw the film, I had no idea about the role of Billy Kwan in this movie and was utterly floored. I was also happy to see Linda Hunt receive and Oscar for her role. What a fine actor she is. She should have had top billling ! However, I have the greatest respect for all those involved in making this film. It is a story and film I highly recommend.
A Great Film!
First of all, this is not a western as you have marked!But it's a great film, well written and the actors are tops!A classic!
The acting in this film is terrific but this is Linda Hunt's film through and through. Her Billy Swan makes you completely forget that a woman is playing the character. I guess this is what acting really is. When you forget the actor and concentrate on the character, the actor is superb and this lady's acting is magnificent! I loved Mel Gibson here, as his acting had just the right amount of arrogance that was needed for the his character who was young and callow. Sigourney Weaver is the eye candy but she always has a presence within any film she is in. I was in Indonesia five years after the revolution and I am astounded how much this looked like that country even though it was filmed in the Philippines. There is much that should have been fleshed out in this film, particularly the reasons for the coup, but the film would have been much longer. As it is, you are treated to a great story and some even greater acting!
The Year of Living Dangerously
- Dashiell B.
A tender political melodrama. Gibson & Weaver are foreigners covering the revolution in Jakarta in '65, Hunt became the first performer to win an Oscar for playing a member of the her opposite sex as a dwarf photographer. The first half drags at times because Gibson & Weaver's romance isn't that compelling, picks up after that for recreating the tense atmosphere. Not extraordinary, but still worth watching from time-to-time. I give it a 3.5/5.
- Tressa E.
If you didn't know any better you might say that the word atmospheric was created especially for this movie. The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) is set against the changeing backdrop of Indonesia in 1965 and follows Guy Hamilton, an Australian journalist(played by a young and absolutly amazing Mel Gibson)as he falls in love with Jill Bryant(Sigourny Weaver)a diplomat. The film follows their affair, the growing unrest with the government and Guy's friendship with Billy Kwan a local photographer who is also in love with Jill. Guy faces several moral dilemas along the way that puts his friendship with Billy, his relationship with Jill, his job and his life on the line all to get his big story. The director Peter Weir made an unusal casting choice for Billy Kwan giving the role to Linda Hunt who ultimatly won the Oscar for best supporting actress. Peter Weir proves that he is more than capable of creating a built up energy and he manages to pull great performaces out of his leading actors. The chemestry between Sigourny Weaver and Mel Gibson is undeniably strong. She proves she is more than Ripley and he proves he's more than Riggs. This is an extrodinary film everyone should see.