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Straw Dogs (2011)

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Commentary 1: Director Rod Lurie Rating:2.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Mizz-E on September 29th, 2012:Find all reviews by Mizz-E
One of the worst track's i've ever sat through. No, not because of lack of content, as Lurie has plenty to say all the way through, it's what he says that kills this track. All the way he criticises Peckinpah's masterpiece, his directing and writing choices, the acting etc and it makes you wonder why he remade it in the first place? He clearly thinks he made a better film and has no problem stating that on this track, but hearing this for two hours is enough to make your ears bleed. The pits.
Reviewed by grimjack on June 18th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
I was actually more fascinated by it then the above reviewer. The writer/director was a film critic, and it shows how thoughtful he was about recording this commentary. It is clearly prepared, and not rambled off as he watched the film for the hundredth time.

Impressed he tried to make a different film than the 1971 original, because the times had changed, and history had shown what was wrong with Peckinipah's ideas of violence, our evolution, and especially women. He spends a lot of time criticizing the original, so much so that I think this track maybe should be listened to after seeing the original film. (which has a criterion commentary track)

Some of what was different he proudly points out, like that his bad guys were bad guys because of how they were brought up, not because it is their nature. He brings this up a few times.

He spends WAY too much time talking about Bosworth's beauty, which in fairness is hard to deny. But he is pretentious. He sticks in lots of references to more impressive great films, which I did not catch watching the film.