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The Ballad of Jack and Rose
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Directed By
Rebecca Miller

Written By:
Rebecca Miller, Michael Rohatyn, Michael Rohatyn

Catherine Keener, Beau Bridges, Paul Dano, Jason Lee, Jena Malone, Susanna Thompson, Camilla Belle, Daniel Day-Lewis

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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
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Movie Review by Emily
February 3rd, 2007

To say that this movie changed my life would be a little bit of an understatement. Daniel Day-Lewis gives a stunning preformance of Jack, a man who hates the idea of a modern life, so he has taken his daughter Rose, (Camilla Belle), to live in a small commune, with no other people. She has no human interaction, and they go around defacing new property. However, Jack knows that he is dying, and chooses to bring his mainland girlfriend Kathleen (Catherine Keener) and her two teenage sons Rodney (Ryan Macdnald) and Thaddius (Paul Dano) out to the commune to live with them. Rose goes a lttle crazy, and decides that she needs to learn about sex, and life from her new family.

All of the preformances in this movie are outstanding, and even though I hate both Camilla Belle, and her character, I do have to say that she knocked the socks right off my feet. Daniel DAy-Lewis, was amazing, which goes without saying, and carried the whole movie, tying everything together. Catherine Keener gave an excellent preformance as a woman who didn't know what was going on with her new family, but she was trying hard to keep the family together. Ryan Macdonald stole my heart in the role of an all around nice guy, which was countered beautifully by Paul Dano, who played the Snake of the movie. But he got what he deserved in his final defenestration. The supporting cast of Jena Malone, Beau Bridges, and Jason Lee was also outstanding, and this small cast worked very hard to make an excellent, while creepy, movie, that I find myself watching again and again, involving classic lines, such as "hey little freak, have you ever eaten a snake before?"

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Bobby B
Jan 28, 2008 4:49 AM
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I saw There Will Be Blood a couple of days ago and am now on a major Daniel Day-Lewis kick. Soooo...I just watched this movie. I haven't written a review of it yet but I was greatly intrigued by yours because my experience of the movie was very different. All of it was, I agree, extremely well acted with Camilla Belle (Why don't you like her? I've never seen her before)being quite a revelation. I found the story really bizarre and I guess part of what was complicated for me was that everyone seemed nuts. For instance, you wrote "Rose goes a little crazy" and I'm thinking "a little crazy? Which part -- walking into the bedroom with a loaded shotgun and firing it, bringing the snake into the house to kill Dad's girlfriend, or hanging a sheet on a clothesline with the blood of her broken hymen circled in the middle of it-- like a flag of lost virginity?" But everyone in the movie seemed to respond like you did. Of course, the Beau Bridges character only seemed mildly put out when learning that Jack had just leveled one of his houses.
But...okay, it Changed Your Life. I found it wanting. That's just, as Jack says, a matter of taste. So why am I writing this? Hm, I'm not sure. I guess there's something I want to know, something I want to understand about this often beautifully shot, obviously heartfelt and really kind of twisted and disturbing little film. If you're interested in hashing it out, I'd be interested in discussing it further.
Jan 28, 2008 6:22 AM
I should delete my review because my thoughts on a lot of the things in it has changed because I'm older and smarter now! haha. but yeah, There Will Be Blood frickin rocked, I love it when Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano are rivals.
Bobby B
Jan 28, 2008 1:14 PM
I never saw Dano before Blood but he's pretty amazing. So I take it your life has changed yet again since you wrote the review? Life certainly has a funny way of doing that. :) Sin City is kind of like that for me. I hated it the first time I saw it. I saw it again later when it came out on DVD and the things I didn't like about it were still real but I enjoyed the movie more because I saw it on its own terms. Orrrr...did I just get "older and smarter"?
Um, can you delete your review? How do you do that? Can you edit them once their posted? Pray elucidate. I'm glad you also thought Blood was smoking. I got a response to my review on that movie from a woman who fell asleep in the middle of it! I was like "whaaaaat??"
Jan 28, 2008 1:33 PM
I probably won't delete it mostly because I'm lazy, and really the only thing that's changed is I now have Camila Belle as one of my favorite actresses and I"ve read the screenplay for Jack and Rose repeatedly and I have abetter grasp on the movie now, I'm not a very interesting person. Dano's great in L.I.E AND WHO FELL ASLEEP?!
Bobby B
Jan 28, 2008 1:51 PM
Oh sorry, I didn't mean can you, Lisa, delete Lisa's review I meant can the proverbial "you" delete...can one delete one's own review...whatever. Lisa, a woman from Canada wrote a really funny review about how much she hated There Will Be Blood and in there she talks about how she fell asleep during it. She's pretty adamant about it too taking time as she did to come bust my chops personally and reiterate that she thought it was a snoozer. Obviously Jack and Rose still has a bit of a hold on you. Where did you get the screenplay?
Jan 28, 2008 2:03 PM
HOW COULD YOU FALL ASLEEP DURING THERE WILL BE BLOOD? THAT MOVIE WAS AMAZING!!!! oh well, that's her problem I guess cause it's gonna TAKE OVER the academy awards...I hope cause Atonement sucked...in my opinion. Oh, I got the screenplay from amazon.com, it wasn't hard.

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