101. The Conversation (A)
-- I really like this film, although it takes enough time to establish the isolation of its main character that it might alienate some viewers. Hackman is brilliantly understated in the lead, a nice change of pace from his most famous roles. The music, essentially a solo piano score, is one of my favorites, and especially effective at conveying the emotional and mental state of the Hackman's character. It's been suggested that the final twist, which relies on a revised line reading of dialogue that has been replayed throughout the movie, is a bit of a cheat, but the film is so subjectively told that it doesn't bother me in the least.
I know CaptainCanada
was put off by an allegedly out-of-character decision to accelerate the plot, but I find nothing of the sort when I see the film. I'd be curious to discuss that a bit.
Home Video: 53 +1