>> Tetro (BLU-RAY) (2010)

Title: Tetro

Genre: Drama

Starring: Maribel Verdú, Carmen Maura, Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Studio: Lionsgate

Runtime: 127 minutes

Release Date: May 4, 2010

Format: BLU-RAY

Discs: 1

Rating: 4.33 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A

Language and feature

Some of the language on the is in Spanish but there are subtitles and there is a great feature of commentary from Francis Ford Coppola

Fresh-faced and naive, 17-year-old Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) arrives in Buenos Aires to search for his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade. The family had emigrated from Italy to Argentina, but with the great musical success of their father Carlo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), an acclaimed symphony conductor, the family moved from Argentina to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the volatile and melancholy poet Tetro (Vincent Gallo), he is not at all what Bennie expected. In the course of staying with Tetro and his girlfriend Miranda (Maribel Verdú), Bennie grapples with his brother and the haunting experiences of their shared past in this widely acclaimed film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.

That’s the official description to the movie Tetro by director Francis Ford Coppola and I got to say it don’t get much better then that. I went through a few different ways to describe this movie and each time I had to restart because I found it hard to put in the right words. This official description though I like because it gets right to the point and now I have time to talk about the movie itself.
First off, I love the fact that the movie is in black and white. Watching Tetro on Blu-Ray was just astounding. The picture quality is so crisp and clear that it wouldn’t have looked better if I had been there watching it live in person. Not only does the black and white make the film look great it makes the film have a personality. If it had been in color the whole time I would have likely become bored with it, maybe, but since there are only a few moments in the film that are in color I was left wanting to see more. The few color scenes in Tetro make just as big of an impact as the black and white does. This is because of how they are used in the film. These few moments of color bring out a moment in the lives of these characters that make them have a whole new dimension that while in black and white they don’t’ have. But the reason they do have this impact is not because they are in color, at least not only, but because of what the meaning and plot points that the color scenes mean to the movie. If Tetro had been done in all black and white or all color, or even reversed where it was color with a few black and white scenes, Tetro would not have been such a visually pleasing film.

Though the color choice is not the only good viewing point to Tetro. The cinematography of the film is really good. Angles that made it look like I was there in the movie with them rather than sitting back watching the characters. It’s rare for me that I get the feeling that I’m a part of the movie rather than being a third wheel that sits off to the back just watching.

Then add in the performance that each of the three main characters give in Tetro and what I got was a very pleasing and entertaining movie to watch. Each one of these actors gave a great portrayal of their characters. With Bennie being the younger brother who just wants the love and acknowledgement from his older brother where as Tetro plays the hurt brooding artist to a tee. Lets not forget either that the character of Miranda is the glue that keeps these two men together in the scenes. Without this character of Miranda around, the scenes between the brothers or when just one is on screen would have been boring and unfulfilling.

Tetro pleased me a lot with how it was made, edited, and the performance the actors give. Even the small supporting roles in the movie are fun to watch and fit in great with the story of the main cast.

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