Ok, it’s been more than a week, so it finally dawned on me. To state the obvious I had previously seen Mr. Radcliffe in ALL the HP movies. I’ve wanted to see him again in other movies, but most of them were either indie or only came out on Redbox/Netflix around the time they weren’t popular nor accessible for me. I still wanted to keep seeing him in films along with any other HP veteran since some like Rickman and Fiennes I had seen prior, if not during, the HP films’ releases. Of course I had to settle for Watson throughout the last decade and just one with Felton. Hell, Watson became like a cinematic shoulder to cry on by seeing her in Noah, Perks of Being a Wildflower, and even Little Women this year.
But back to Ratcliffe a funny thing came to mind when this movie was released. He had also starred in “Now you see me 2”, which my sister called ironic since he was dealing with magic. Of course I told her “Nah, that’s a coincidence. IRONIC would be if he shaved his head and played the bad guy”. But yeah, the trailer made it seem as though this was definitely a serious movie, let alone one that was a critical match to the HP films compared to other stuff that he had released to borderline lackluster reviews.
So HOW do I describe this movie? It’s like I mentioned previously: Think “The Hurt Locker” but take out every reason for its R Rating EXCEPT the language (and the coincidence… or irony, of Ralph Fiennes’ presence). Not only is it tense but also exhilarating and suspenseful. It wasn’t exactly comfortable, though, as I kept on pausing it despite the simple fact Mr. Radcliffe’s character was only pretending to be a Neonazi. To put it in perspective he was only doing his job when he said “shut the fuck up, nigger!” To a guy he knew yet was on the verge of blowing his cover.
Overall it’s a good movie if not one for the faint of heart. It just really made me think about how much had changed since I was used to seeing him in ONLY movies for a franchise, let alone ones that weren’t based on true events. I can’t say I recommend it for everyone unless you don’t mind films about radical racism hiding in plain sight in America. I myself had trouble watching it because I kept thinking to myself how these were real human beings that Toni Collette’s character told Ratcliffe’s to relate with on an actual human level, even if they were beyond changing mPost too long. Click here to view the full text.