Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Pete PostlethwaiteDirected by: Bryan Singer
Taking my own advice, the wife and I watched The Usual Suspects tonight, one of my all-time favourite movies. Nothing beats watching this movie for the first time, although it rewards you in further viewings as well. Tonight was the best of both worlds, since it was my first time watching on DVD and I hadn't seen it in awhile, and Kim couldn't remember it from the last time she saw it, so it was like she was seeing it for the first time.
This movie is great on so many levels. What stands out most is, of course, the ending, which the movie earns. It's not an ending you can figure out, so some may find it manipulative, but those would be small minded fools. One such fool is Roger Ebert, who trashed the movie, giving it 1.5 stars and he and Siskel gave it two thumbs down. When I heard that, I was fucking floored. How anyone could be anything but impressed by this movie blew my fucking mind. I didn't even conceive of that possibility.
Beyond the surprise, the movie is uniformly well acted. Even Stephen Baldwin is good in it. Like Ocean's Eleven the film reeks of coolness. All of the characters work very hard at being cool, probably as a necessity to their way of life, and for a movie like this, it works. Kevin Spacey is the stand-out of the cast, winning himself a Best Supporting Actor for his work as Verbal Kint. The film also looks fantastic, is brilliantly scripted (it also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay), and excellently paced. It's cerebral and action-packed.
In short, Roger Ebert is out of his fucking mind. This movie is not only excellent, it's also kick-ass. One of the best. Everyone should see it, but try to learn nothing about it before you do.