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Director Sam Mendes
Rating:8.2/10 (14 votes) [
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Reviewed by Agressor on August 19th, 2013
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Wow! Sam Mendes really knows his shit. And how to articulate it! The director starts talking as soon as the logo shows up and doesn't stop until the end credits start. He immediately reveals some ideas behind the film that passed me by when I first saw it, like the fact that, since basically all of the major characters will be dead by the end,
he wanted them to appear in a ghost-like manner, and he explains how the film suggests this and even points out how he manipulated certain scenes to express it.
It doesn't end there though, Mendes hardly stops to catch his breath before he's onto to the next topic, be it the different acting techniques between Tom Hanks and Paul Newman or how the sets were constructed in a certain way to portray the feeling he wanted or any other of the countless factoids he reveals here.
Despite of this I only rated this commentary a 7. I did feel that, informative though he was, Mendes didn't give me time to digest all the information. It feels weird to complain about the fact that there are no pauses in the track since that is usually my main gripe in other commentaries but in this one I would actually like some well timed (short!) lapses in the barrage of anecdotes and trivia the Mendes fires at us. Also, he's not the most jovial
person to listen to for almsot two hours. I would have liked a second participant on the track to mix things up a bit, that would probably have made it perfect commentary for me instead of "merely" a very good one. Apart from that there were some other miner issues I had with it, for example I would've liked him to talk more about the comic and explain some of the changes that were made for the film.
Solid commentary though, it is clear that Mendes takes his job seriously and most everyone can learn something by listening to this commentary.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on February 1st, 2015
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Interesting and revealing. Well worth listening to.
Reviewed by Station51 on November 20th, 2015
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Mendes gives an exceptional commentary every time. This one is particularly good. He gives you everything from story to actors to locations, set design, camera angles, etc. Engrossing listen. I usually listen to commentaries in bed to fall asleep to because they usually talk quietly and drone on but Mendes was so damn interesting he kept me up. Damn you Mendes! Damn you straight tÚ hell! I don't mean that.
Reviewed by grimjack on October 10th, 2019
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This is an excellent commentary. The director is very chatty, and almost always has something interesting to say. He points out things easily missed that definitely add to your understanding of the film. He points out things that he did, or the actors did, that were meant to subconsciously affect you, and you realize that they did.
He has a good knack for pointing out what to look for that is just about to happen, or just did happen, or an unusual camera angle choice, or to tell you to focus on something an actor decided to do, or talk about a deleted scene and why, or to mention where the film veered from the book, or talking about something like using CGI to close Tom Hanks mouth since he removed a line he spoke from the soundtrack. He is never playing catch-up like some commentaries do where they go on a tangent and miss something they wanted to bring up.
While I cannot call him one of the more energized commentary talkers, he made an interesting commentary from start to finish.
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