Thursday, June 6, 2013

#tbt Deliverance review

Squeal like a pig! 
Deliverance is a 1972 film about a group of guys that go on a canoe trip in the Cahulawassee River. And that canoe trip goes fucking nuts. This movie got a Best Picture Oscar nomination back in 1972. It was competing with The Godfather so of course it didn't have a chance. It is still a great movie, although even if it wasn't going against The Godfather I don't think it would have won. As good as it is, Deliverance may be a bit too much for the general public. It has rape scenes, is fairly violent, and the character's morals are questionable. I loved it, but others may think it's revolting. But hey, let's not talk about morality and violence, let's talk about this kick-ass movie! Deliverance stars Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds, and Ronny Cox all of whom are great in their roles. Jon Voight plays the calm, cool, and collected Ed, who really holds everything together. Ned Beatty plays Bobby, who seems like he's just there for comic relief or something but then...well, things get bad for him. Burt Reynolds plays the awesome outdoors man Lewis, who finds out he doesn't know survival like he thought he did. and Ronny Cox plays Drew, who's kind of the law-abiding scaredy cat  of the group. Out of all of them, Jon Voight did the best job acting. He really played his part well and portrayed his emotions very realistically. Ned Beatty did an alright job, but I felt he was a little too emotionless and stoic. Burt Reynolds also did a great job. His character went from top man to crippled and helpless in only a few scenes and his transformation was flawless. Ronny Cox surprised me. I've only seen him in a few other movies and he never stuck out to me. He did a really good job here. Another superb aspect of the film is it's direction. John Boorman directed, and got an Oscar nod for his effort. I haven't seen any of his other stuff, so I can't compare, but he really captured the mood and setting of the film incredibly. The beautiful prolonged shots of the Cahulawassee, the camerawork during the action sequences, and the shots of the actors faces as they watched the horrors that were about to unfold were all examples of Boorman's great direction in this movie. When I've heard people talk about this movie, they always talk about the Dueling Banjos scene. This particular banjo tune has become an almost iconic theme in movies. After seeing this movie, I certainly won't forget it. It may not be as good as The Godfather, but it's still pretty awesome. Deliverance is a disturbingly great movie that will make you think twice before going camping. Happy Viewing! You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at!    

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