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Great in technique, poor in connection with the viewer
I respect Fincher very much and wouldn't say this film disappointed me. Cinematography, acting, plot - all were great, in my opinion. However, I can't ignore the notable lack of empathy I felt for the characters. That doesn't bother me personally, because since the visuals are more than satisfactory, in a way they compensate for the lack of relatability in the characters. It's not one of his best movies, but it's still much better than many of the Hollywood productions today.
Had a good laugh with this movie. It's so bad that it's funny. Wouldn't watch it again, though.
Rain Man (1988)
One of the best comedy dramas out there
A story about two contrasting characters learning and adopting the best qualities from each other. Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is a car businessman whose only concern is money. He doesn't let anyone in his head, even his closest person- his girlfriend Suzanne. In the beginning, we see them having a conversation in a car..well ~trying~ to have a conversation. Charlie doesn't say a word throughout the entire journey, too soaked up in his thoughts. Suzanne shares that she'd like it if he let her into his head more. Charlie replies sharply in a defensive manner, that if she wants them to talk so much they should have a conversation. He repeats some of his phrases multiple times one after another which is an obvious indication of irritation and unwillingness. in the middle of their fight his phone rings. He gets the news that his father has passed away and receives information about the upcoming funeral. He doesn't express sadness in any way, this news was just another task to do. ''okay, so this day I have to do this, the day after is my dad's funeral, after that I have to do that''. A little bit before that, during the first few minutes of the film, we see Charlie talking on the phone, very enthusiastically with a lot of hand gestures and emphasizing in every sentence. In my opinion, these two situations show a great deal of his personality at the time. Work is his first priority, so he puts all his energy into it, while things like family are not of importance to him. Why would he be so neglecting towards such a great value like family? The only answer that comes to mind here is childhood trauma. His mother dies when he was two years old and he left with only his father with whom he didn't get along very well. When he goes to the trustee to set the situation with the heritage he finds out that the only thing that he left him is a rose garden and a car..while someone ''who shall remain nameless'' got three million dollars. Of course, he wants to know who the secret inheritor is. It turns out this person is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), Charlie's brother who is also an autist residing in a mental hospital. Wanting his share of the money, he takes Raymond out of the hospital and he is not willing to send him back unless his wish is fulfilled. They go on a road trip together and we can see how they don't get along very well at first. The differences in their personalities are very apparent, especially with Ray's condition. The hard part for Charlie is to get used to it and to tolerate it. At first, he doesn't even believe that it's real, However, as the movie goes we can see how he learns to change and put Raymond's needs before his or at least compromise. A huge factor here is the fact that Raymond turns out to be Charlie's childhood imaginary friend Rainman. He's been real all along. This news struck him like a lightning and make him see Ray in a whole different light. ''Rainman'' also goes under admirable development. With his brother, he sees the world beyond four walls. He's exposed to much more humor, laughter, adventure, ~pretty girls~ and most of all-brotherhood.
Rainman is an amazing tale of two brothers learning to get along after decades of not seeing each other. It is Cruise's best performance and one of the best comedy dramas out there, in my opinion.