Before I went into the theater to see Looper, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. The movie looked cool from the trailers, and the early critic reviews seemed promising, but I couldn’t help but wonder what the makeup crew had done to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s beautiful face. From the few pictures I’d seen, he looked nothing like Bruce Willis.
I’d like to put those ideas to rest. In the middle of the movie, I realized that he really did look like Willis. Especially his nose. It was perfect. Although, as my friend noted, I would’ve preferred it if they made Bruce Willis look more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Just saying.
As far as the movie itself is concerned, I’m going to start out by saying that it was really amazing. It was incredibly written, extremely well directed, fantastically acted (I expect nothing less from such a great cast).
The writing of Looper was truly a work of art, especially the writing of the characters. All the characters are interesting in their own way. For the majority of the movie, it is hard to choose a character to root for, because almost no one in the movie is good. There is redemption for some characters, but for a lot of the movie it’s hard to tell who the ‘good guy’ is (or even if there is one at all). Also, the plot idea was extremely complicated to say the least, and if it weren’t for Rian Johnson’s genius writing, the movie would never have worked. The story is constantly throwing you new crazy ideas, and it’s thanks to the great writing and great execution that the viewer is able to take in all these ideas without imploding.
Rian Johnson does a great job directing the various scenes. He creates such a unique feeling to the various settings (and really does a good job making different things futuristic). I really enjoyed that he made this action movie without the typical amount of guns and explosions. Don’t get me wrong, this is a fairly graphic and gory movie (not exactly Fun For The Whole Family), but the movie was very plot oriented, as opposed to many action movies these days.
The acting in the movie was also amazing. All the actors did a great job. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who spent months watching Bruce Willis in order to be able t mimic him as much as possible, did a great job (as usual). Bruce Willis himself also did a good job. I’m not entirely sure his role required incredible acting, but he still played the part well. Emily Blunt’s performance was also really great. She managed to really meet the standards set by the other actors in the movie.
I can’t really think of anything bad to say about Looper. There was scene where Bruce Willis uses… a pretty unrealistic amount of force to get out of a situation (I can’t really say anything else without spoiling it), but that was just a minor fault.
All in all, Looper was incredible. It leaves you thinking, confused, and extremely pumped. I really recommend it to everyone who likes a movie that is not only action packed and interesting, but is also thought-provoking and well written.
GO SEE LOOPER!