A review of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

Greetings all and welcome to my first blog post! Let’s get right down to brass tacks, this is a place where I can expand on the shit I say and write on twitter and facebook. Generally this is going to be a place where I will review movies that I’ve seen and chess games I’ve seen/played/heard about. I will on occasion say things you disagree with, no worry I’m open for [intelligent] discussions and if you believe I’m wrong feel free to comment and let me know. I will try not to reveal key plot points or details so as not to dissuade you from coming here and reading these reviews.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I saw The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) at the Little theater last night. I wasn’t sure what to expect and after a long day of moving my shit from my old apartment to my new apartment I just wanted a place to sit down and take my mind off of things. I really enjoyed the film, at times I was a bit bored (especially during the somewhat off-putting love scenes). The synopsis from imdb is fairly good:

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

I went in to this film like I do with so many films I see at the little; with little to no knowledge of what it was about and not having watched any sort of preview. I briefly read a synopsis on their website and decided it had some potential to be good. I was not disappointed. Seeing how this is my first post I will set the standard now; instead of giving movies stars or some similar arbitrary [numeric] system I will give the movie one of two ratings either it was:

a. worth seeing

or

b. it wasn’t worth seeing.

Getting back to the film as I mentioned earlier the love scenes between Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed felt a bit forced. Perhaps I’m just not a huge Kate Hudson fan. Luckily Riz Ahmed was simply amazing throughout the whole movie. He had me thoroughly convinced that he was significantly smarter than everyone else in the film and his constant plotting and scheming left for some shocking (and interesting) surprises. Perhaps that is what I enjoyed most about this film; the surprises were relevant, interesting and (most importantly for me anyhow) believable. Kiefer Sutherland did a good job with the “controlling managerial bad ass surrogate father boss man” role. However I have trouble taking him out of his previous role on 24 and I kept expecting him to go on some tirade about how little time they had.

The film content itself was pointed and relevant. I don’t want to be the guy to spoil the film but the movie does ask a lot of interesting questions that as a white American guy I had some trouble answering. Mira Nair took on some very delicate subject matter and did a nice job of portraying varying perspectives. The story is one rich with complexity and I enjoyed it.

I read Robert Everett-Greens review in the Boston and Mail and I don’t believe that the film was “pedestrian” at all… although I concede now thinking about it the pacing was a bit difficult at times.

Thanks y’all!

tl;dr check it out, worth the cost of admission.

 

 

 

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