Hey FOOLS! The close of Moovember is almost upon us and I'll be equally sad that it's over and equally pleased that I now have the opportunity to watch some of the Blurays that have begun piling up thanks to my mistress Amazon. Legends of the Fall is a film I may not have watched in at least 5-8 years. Which is funny because I really enjoy films directed by Edward Zwick. I guess I choose films like Blood Diamond or The Last Samurai over this one.
Legends of the Fall is the story of three brothers who are happy with their lives. The youngest, Samuel, arrives home with his fiancee. Before the are wed the three brothers head off to fight in the war together and their lives are dramatically changed. Samuel is killed, Tristan is scarred by the things he sees and does and also begins a relationship with Samuel's fiance (much to Alfred's disgust) and Alfred leaves the family behind to become a politician also marrying Samuel's fiance later down the track. It's sounds really complicated but it's not hard to follow. It's just a really interesting look at how a family is affected by war.
Considering the film is almost 20 years old it actually holds up pretty well. Probably because it is set during the first World War it allows a timeless look and feel to the film. The film is a beautifully shot film, earning a Cinematography nod at that years Oscars, but really you wouldn't expect anything less from Edward Zwick. He just makes beautiful films.
For me Legends of the Fall is the film where Brad Pitt really began to shine. People always list Thelma & Louise as the film that began his career but Legends of the Fall shows that the man could act. The role of Tristan gave such a wide variety of emotions that are shown through out the film. The contentment he has at the beginning being with his brothers and working on the land. His concern for his little brother during the war, his anguish upon Samuel's death and him losing his mind at the death. This is Pitt's first film where he is the star and it's a great way to show the sort of actor that he is.
It's a really good film and Edward Zwick knows how to make a drama set within a war.
Tomorrow's Quote Clue: In Europe, it's not considered unusual for three or four men to share a bed.