despise those movies which cleverly leave clues littered through the
movie, only to come together at the end because of the viewer wasn't
observant. Leaves of Grass is one of those movies but I definitely did
not despise it because I'm the one that failed to collect these clues as
I was enjoying this whacky film too much. This film by Time Blake Nelson
(The Grey Zone/Syriana) successfully melds drama, comedy and crime in a
strange movie that links mainstream university with marijuana
cultivation in Oklahoma and even a small Jewish community in Tulsa as
identical twins attempt to find and philosophise happiness.
Leaves of Grass, Edward Norton plays twin brothers Brady and Bill
Kincaid, although identical in appearance, both brothers are opposites
in their personalities and philosophies or you initially believe at the
start of the film. Bill, born minutes before Brady has desperately tried
to remove himself from his humble and backwater beginnings in Oklahoma.
Without seeing his brother of his mother Daisy (Susan Sarandon) for
several years, he has made his mark as a successful professor in
university in the world of the philosophy.
Unfortunately Bill is forced to return home when he learns that his
brother was murdered by a crossbow in a drug deal. However when Bill
returns to his rural town in Oklahoma, thanks to Brady's close friend
Bolger (Tim Blake Nelson), he discovers that this was all an elaborate
ruse by his brother in order to draw him back. As Brady owes a
considerable amount of money for his state of the art hydroponics setup
to Pug Rothbaum (Richard Dreyfuss), a powerful and influential member of
the Jewish Community in Tulsa, he hopes to set things right by using his
brother as a stand-in for himself while he goes to take care of
other Time Blake Nelson films, you really don't know what to expect but
even though the story is a roller coaster ride of comedy, emotions and
thrills, it somehow comes together quite well in this dark comedy about
two brilliant brothers who have made their own paths in this broken
world. The star of the movie is Norton as the brothers and also Nelson
as Brady's best friend and partner in crime Bolger. These two actors
just bounce off each other with some great enthusiasm. My only drawback
to the movie is the lack of a strong role for Keri Russell from Felicity
Fame who plays Janet, the poet love interest of Bill. Her role seems to
take a back seat like Sarandon as their mother which is a shame.
Nonetheless, this Leaves of Grass is a must see movie, even though
Richard Dreyfus plays another clichéd and villainous role.
Video, Audio & Special Features
Roadshow continue to release some high calibre Blu-ray releases and
Leaves of Grass boasts some exceptional video quality. With sharp
images, vibrant colours and no artifacting whatsoever, Leaves of Grass
looks amazing on Blu-ray, thanks to 1080p. The audio supports DTS-HD 5.1
which boasts exceptionally clear audio. Finally, Leaves of Grass
continues an interesting "making of" that goes into the creation of the
movie, including some of the politics and philosophies which were so
dominant in the movie.
if you're not an Edward Norton or Time Blake Nelson fan, you will still
thoroughly enjoy this witty and clever movie that almost plays out like
a Greek Tragedy. Recommended!