5-Nov-12: Sioux - Rating: 3
I think I liked this better immediately following the showing, but when I thought about it a bit more, a few things didn't hold up. I'll get to that later.
I liked the performances of pretty much everyone. DeNiro was great (how can he not be?) as were Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Laurence. After seeing her in Winter's Bone and The Hunger Games, I was afraid she was always going to appear as sort of the same character, but in this movie, I think she showed some range and some humor. I enjoyed the messiness of the plot - it wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. The dancing was ridiculously bad, which I liked and found more realistic than one that had been "Hollywood-ized" and made perfect, like Dirty Dancing.
The part of the plot that seemed to fall apart for me was the matter of the ex-wife and the restraining order. I had a hard time believing that she would sit there smiling at the man who scared her so much she needed legal protection. We're supposed to think that the letter exchange made all the difference, but ultimately, we find out she didn't write the letter. Did she even receive the letter from him? That whole scenario broke the "willful suspension of reality" that I had been enjoying to that point. I just didn't buy it.
That having been said, on the whole, I did enjoy it well enough. I don't know that I need to see it again in the theater, but I would definitely see it again on DVD.