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Belfast is pure artistry. How this movie didn't sweep every award category is beyond me. The film demonstrates perspective on a human tragedy from the point of view of the characters. What was even more artistic, though, was the perspective shown in the cinematography. Lines converge in the distance through the use of the wide-angle lens. Any student of art or architecture will immediately recognize the technique. Although the film is masterfully black and white, the use of color in rare scenes further emphasizes the perspective of the characters.
I've watched Belfast several times, and each time is better than the last as I pick up additional details. Watch it once for the subject matter and the character portrayal, then watch it again and again for the artistry.
Belfast is a work of genius by the director and the cinematographer. It's a jewel in my movie library.
I haven't watched the Blu-ray, but I did redeem the digital version and watched it the day I released it. I had seen it once before via an online screening. Both times I enjoyed it immensely, and I did notice a few things that I had not seen the first time. It's linear storytelling (with one brief and hilarious flashback), but it's told in vignettes, almost, that all tie together. If you don't know, this is the story of when the Troubles started in Ireland, and it's told from the point of view of Buddy, a 9-year-old boy who's witness to the change in his neighborhood and his family. It's based on the real life experiences of writer-director Kenneth Branagh, but warning - you may recognize characters and situations from your own life. I found myself tearing up at one scene because Granny and Pop reminded me a bit of my grandparents. Buddy's shock and terror at the violent activities gripped my heart, watching the film, and his sincere adoration of the smart girl in school put a smile on my face. It's just over 90 minutes to watch, in black and white with some snippets of color, and it's just brilliant storytelling.
We watched the deleted scenes, and I understood why they were cut, but I enjoyed seeing them. There's also a nice piece on what went into making the film. I highly recommend "Belfast."
“Belfast” is incredibly well-written and -directed, and it focuses on family, and how one family is affected by horrible events, and how that family survives those events. The actors are so perfectly in their characters - they bring these people to vivid life. Obviously, we know to expect Dame Judy Dench and Ciaran Hinds to bring genuine and poignant characters to the film. Add Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan giving possibly their best performances yet (which is saying a lot). Top off this brilliant cast with Jude Hill, who is an astonishingly bright and talented young actor who portrays Buddy, the heart of the story, to exquisite and heartfelt perfection. Finally, the cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful, painting scenes in black and white that you cannot help but be submersed in. Oh, and there is Van Morrison’s music, which seems a part of the fabric of the story. Yes I’m waxing lyrical. This film is both epic and personal - lyrical in its effect! *Getting both the Blu-Ray and a digital copy to keep with me on my iPad is delightful.
I hadn't paid enough attention to what the fighting was about in Northern Ireland when I was growing up. After visiting there a few years ago we got a good description of the "whys". Thus is a personal story of Kenneth Branagh. It's told very well, and it was good to see Catriona Balfe in her role outside of Outlander. Good movie
Belfast in the early days of the Irish Republican armed conflict against partition and British occupation of the 6 counties (“Northern Ireland”). This is an excellent loose autobiography directed by Kenneth Branagh of a working class Protestant non-political Irish family. Jamie Dornan (also Belfast bred) , and fellow Irishman Ciaran Hinds and Catrioa Balfe ( Outlander-STARZ), AND Judy Dench.
I love best picture but I'm glad CODA won first time because I am Deaf and It important for people understand Deaf Culture and Deaf lives. I can understand about Belfast lives. I do not want to spoil it but really good story about family and safety and what they have been through. Jude Hill is new actor and did pretty awesome best actor.