American History X

The Top 63 Marathon, part 26

Title: American History X
Year: 1998
Length: 119 minutes
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer: David McKenna
Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo, Avery Brooks
Music: Anne Dudley
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Norton); currently #40 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a teenager is following in his ex-con, skinhead brother’s footsteps
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Bad. Skinheads? Seriously? Why do I want to watch a movie about skinheads?
Story: Good. But much of it is painfully predictable.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Bad.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Great as a character study. Bad on the “we’d like you to know that violent hatred is a bad thing” front, because, uh, yeah, no kidding.  Unless you happen to be a crazy-as-f*** seething racist, it’s not exactly going to be a life-effecting film.  And I don’t like it when movies have A Point at the best of times.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).


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