Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Knockout Work in GLASS CHIN
The ex-boxer says, "I'm gonna be held in high regard again." You'll hold a few actors in high regard after you see their performances in GLASS CHIN. It's a good movie.
Don't let the editing of that trailer misguide you. One element of Glass Chin that thrilled me enough to sit through the movie twice is the director's choice of long shots...shots that stay on two characters as dialogue unfolds. Occasionally there's a very slow push in to a medium shot. We don't get quick, fast, jazzy editing in this movie. It's shot in a way that make us feel as if we're eavesdroppers or voyeurs who happen to be in the room watching these intimate conversations. Some actors are photographed in single close-ups as if they're talking to the camera. I loved it. The morally conflicted boxer is a theme you may have seen before but it looks fresh here. Also, it takes talented and strong actors to do long takes with a lot of dialogue. This is a talented and strong cast.