Films viewed in 2011

426. Good

In Drama on January 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Dir. Vicente Amorim

A literature professor is pulled in different directions to advance his career and eventually his life in Nazi Germany.

MY TAKE

Vincente Amorim’s film adaptation of Good posits that the pride of nationalism and the possibility of a great blow-job while in a Nazi uniform were enough to sweep “good” men into an evil regime. One of these theories is more believable than the other. Regardless, there’s an obvious appeal to exploring what fueled the Führer’s followers beyond pure anti-Semitism. Viggo Mortensen once again makes for a captivating character study and believably melts away his heroic aura in favour of a brainy, if not overwhelmed, academic. Watching his work be praised and then co-opted into distorted euthanasia theories gives the story a compelling moral compass, which only dips south a couple of times.

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