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    Reader comments on Twist

    Subject: Twist is Fantastic
    Date: Jul 20, 2006
    Sender: KaiPrevious | Next

    I think that the modern day version of Oliver Twist is a brilliant idea, and no one could have captured it better than Jacob Tierney.
    What some people might find boring was a perfect take on how people actually talk and act.
    In most movies, the scripts seem perfected and cut well. No one seems to talk over one another, they don't stutter and the dialogue moves back and forth quickly and intelligently. This is not the case in Twist. It is real to perfection, and the humor which "boarders on slapstick" is neither too much, nor too little for this type of movie.
    Tierney is already seems amazingly expirienced in his work, and this movie is shot like none other that I have ever seen. There are no close ups, and the wide shots give it an amazing feeling of raw reality that these people go through.
    The movie was supposed to keep you hanging. It doesn't make heroin, husling, or more-or-less homelss youth glamorous like they do in so many other movies. There are no beautiful sex scenes or slow motion fighting techniques, but still, it is by no means boring.
    Joshua Close, who plays Oliver is fantastic for one of his first roles. He brings out the innocence and naivety of Oliver from the original Dickens classic without making it seem stupid or scripted.
    Fagin and Nancy are bery well done. Nancy acting as both the mother figure for the boys, and making sure they're working to save them from the wrath of Bill, and Fagin, who is harsh, and cruel to them, still manages to convey an aura of protectiveness, especially for Dodge.
    The fact that Bill was never shown creates a better feeling of mystery and fear, rather than just showing someone who looked like the original Bill Skyes. Just like in horror movies where you don't see the 'creature' it's usually more frightening. Also, it could be playing on the fact that, while Oliver doesn't see Bill, the audience doesn't either.
    It's good that they didn't change the names that Dickens originally created. I dispise when movies are re-done or translated, and they change the names, usually to ones that do not even sound similar. And what would Oliver Twist be without the original characters?
    Nick Stahl is fantastic, as usual, and his modern take on the Artful Dodger is vevy well done. He still has the aloof stand-offishness and the personality of the original version, and his own spin on things doesn't ruin the character at all, like it sometimes does when a character is re-done. Those who act know it's hard to perfect someone that's already created.
    The ending of the movie wasn't happily ever after, nor was it doom-and-gloom forever. It was oddly satisfying, if not sad.
    The best movie I've seen in a long time, and certainly not something to pass up.

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    Comment index:

  • Twist - A latent perception   from Shane Snider, Dec 11, 2004
  • Re: Twist - A latent perception   from , Dec 25, 2004
  • Cute   from MIchelle, Dec 14, 2004
  • » Twist is Fantastic «   from Kai, Jul 20, 2006
  • Butterworth who???   from Wayne, Jul 8, 2007
  • Twist soundtrack   from Tammy, Jul 5, 2008
  • Re: Twist soundtrack   from Cat, Nov 29, 2008
  • Haunting   from MM, Jul 8, 2008
  • Twist - A latent perception   from Shane Snider, Dec 11, 2004
  • Re: Twist - A latent perception   from , Dec 25, 2004
  • Cute   from MIchelle, Dec 14, 2004
  • » Twist is Fantastic «   from Kai, Jul 20, 2006
  • Butterworth who???   from Wayne, Jul 8, 2007
  • Twist soundtrack   from Tammy, Jul 5, 2008
  • Re: Twist soundtrack   from Cat, Nov 29, 2008
  • Haunting   from MM, Jul 8, 2008