Review of Courtroom Drama “A Few Good Men”

Courtroom drama is a popular type of film which involves at least one trial and pin points much of the emotion and tension within a court of law. “A Few Good Men” is an emotional story of two military men accused of killing a young soldier. Tom Cruise play’s Danny Kaffe, the smart mouth defense lawyer, and Demi Moore play’s Joe Galloway, his nosy special council. The movie starts of by showing us the plot and then begins to tell the story. Compared to other movies with the same genre, I’d have to say this is one of the best. It was boring at times but it did it’s best to show action through words.

The music is very soft and sets the mood. It gives the viewers a tingling feeling inside. It’s not only the music that makes the movie a success, it’s also the acting. Tom Cruise makes himself seem like a no brain marine. That makes him perfect for the job. Demi Moore plays a tough but sexy naval officer (I always liked a women who takes charge). She always wanted things done her own way. She originally ask for the case but was denied, because they wanted someone who would screw up.

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The lighting and camera angles in the courtroom does a lot, they make sure to stay on top of the people’s faces, so we as viewers won’t get mixed up with who’s talking. The main thing that really made the movie was Tom Cruise, when he got up their and put on a show, that I think nobody will forget. He does his hotshot act and this is when we knew he was going to do it. He put smiles on people’s faces, he put tears in your eyes, he made sure to win the audiences attention. He made sure to go out with a bang. This movie received fairly good reviews. Some comments weren’t that great, but still it was a good movie. The film reviews state that this movie eliminates the element of surprise.

They told us what he’s going to do and instead of not succeeding, his plan does work. It had the potential to be better but “the film doesn’t make us work, doesn’t allow us to figure out things for ourselves, it’s afraid we’ll miss something if they’re not spelled out” (Roger Ebert). That’s true movies tend to get boring if we can’t us our brains to try to figure things out. The reviews are very picky, but do get to the point. It’s a very predictable but effective movie that tried it’s best to please all the different genre of viewers. “When the time comes for the big courtroomscen , we realize that it steals the pleasure in two ways:

We are not allowed to discover Cruise’s strategy for ourselves,

Nicholson ‘s (The crown Attorney) behavior seems scripted and inevitable, and is robbed of shock value” (Roger Ebert). Personally I’d have to say that the movie was well written and the acting was pretty good (I wouldn’t give it two thumbs up). The film did lack some action, but who am I to judge a film that doesn’t really fit into my genre.

I like action movies, but for a drama film, I kinda got into it. I really liked Demi Moore’s performance, she really know how to handle sticky situations. Tom Cruise doesn’t really impress me, he always tries to pull hotshot acts. He doesn’t have to show of in every movie. Everybody knows he’s a good actor. The best part of the movie had to be when Tom Cruise is in the courtroom and showing everybody up (this doesn’t mean I like him). That’s when you could feel victory inside. The music was pumping, and the crowd was going wild, and the viewers were just thinking the words “oh my God ! “.

In conclusion I’d have to say that I really did enjoy this film even if it wasn’t my genre. One thing I learned from this is never judge a movie by it’s cover .

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