As Good as It Gets (1997)
As Good As It Gets is one of those incredibly moving films that is also
hugely entertaining. It's not just a comedy, you can't quite label it a
drama piece, it just is what it is; simply great.
What works here so well are the actors and the script. Nicholson and
Hunt both won Oscars and they're simply great but Kinnear is no less
effective as Nicholson gay neighbour. Plus that dog is amazing as well.
This film really relies on great performances and there's no shortage
of that here.
As Good As It Gets is also remarkably well written. So well defined
characters and completely involving, you quite simply grow to love them
and sympathize with their plight. Nicholson's remarks are terrific,
each one very quotable (personal fav; I think of a man and I take away
reason and accountability).
Direction is first rate, Brooks made Terms of Endearment so it's well
established that he's quite capable of making great films. As Good As
It Gets is very nearly as good it gets.
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