Saturday, January 29, 2011

127 Hours

This movie is phenomenal. At the moment, it's my favorite of the Best Picture nominees. It is truly a life affirming film. I actually cried tears of joy during the credits. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) seems to be drawn to work about almost insurmountable obstacles and clearly has a positive world view.
James Franco portrays Aron Ralston, the real life hiker who was trapped in Blue John Canyon in Utah for 5 days in 2003. He had to cut off his arm in order to escape. I was squeamish for the arm scene, but watching through my hair, it was not too bad. There is fair warning, its late in the movie, don't be looking for it like I did. The movie is based on a very real story and Ralston's book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. It is really about the triumph. Ralston's intelligence and will to survive are invigorating.

The imagery and story are so wonderful. They give a context to Ralston's life, family and his mental state throughout.
The score and music are also fantastic. AR Rahman also did the music for Slumdog Millionaire (for which he won two Oscar, Best Song and Best Score).

127 Hours has a total of six nominations: Best Actor -- James Franco, Best Picture, Best Director -- Danny Boyle, Best Song, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay, each of which, the film is deserving.

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