Saturday, February 21, 2015
Film #93: The Postman (1997)
Plot - Overtly patriotic to a fault, yet not in the same way as the boneheaded Rambo IIIs and Rocky IVs of the previous decade. There's an honesty to the whole thing, no matter how backwards it is: even in a world torn by apocalyptic Mad Maxianisms that the film initially throws at us, there's still hope to find in the little things. The whole package evokes much of the fun found in Field of Dreams and Dances With Wolves if you're into that sort of thing.
Form - Good.
F/X - Lots of big budget sets and such.
Acting - Easily the weakest point, but I can believe Costner as a post-apocalyptic postman more than Costner as an Indian or a Robin Hood.
Mise en scene - See F/X.
Quotables - There's a running thing where the main villains quote Shakespeare a bunch, I thought it was cute.
Cool stuff - A ton. I don't think there was one sequence I felt was unnecessary or unappealing, a marvelous feat considering the film's three hour run time. The whole thing's just plain simple fun.