Argumentative August #43 – The Life of David Gale (2003)


Argumentative August #43 – The Life of David Gale (2003) –

Rob and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon. This next film, The Life of David Gale, The is being reviewed by Rob from Let’s see what he thought of this movie….

lodg“Hate’s no fun if you keep it to yourself. ” Bitsey Bloom

Number of Times Seen – 2 (16 Sep 2014 and 2 Aug 2015)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A former Professor who is an advocate against the death penalty has 24 hours left until his execution, asks a reporter to find out the truth.

My Take on it – Certain movies only pack their highest level of power on a first watch because of the way the story is structured in order to shock and surprise the audience.

This is a movie that fits into that category because as much as I enjoyed rewatching it, the lack of the edge of the seat thrills this time was definitely felt.

This is a movie with a powerful message about the issue of the death penalty and it really doesn’t matter where one stands on this issue because both sides are felt here.

The dialogue is deftly written and Kevin Spacey does his wonders with it giving us an interesting story told in both the present and in flashback.

Kate Winslet is also great here as her reporter character tries to get to the truth as to whether he committed the crime or not.

The twists and turns are still felt upon a rewatch but since they are less shocking and surprising it does lessen the impact a bit.

Bottom Line – Not as good upon a second viewing because the twists and turns aren’t as surprising, but still a pretty good movie with a great message regardless of your personal beliefs on the matter. Great cast led by Spacey and Winslet. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kevin Spacey was the third choice to play David Gale. George Clooney and Nicolas Cage both rejected the part. Nicolas Cage had the script and gave it to Parker, but was already busy with other projects. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (lowered from original review) 7/10


3 thoughts on “Argumentative August #43 – The Life of David Gale (2003)

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Check out my review of The Life of David Gale (2003) for the next entry in our Argumentative August Blogathon over at Ten Stars or Less

  2. Have to say, unfortunately, that I despise this movie. I don’t think it was intelligent at all; I thought it cheapened the issue no matter what you think of the death penalty in real life, I thought the melodramatic tricks it used were awful, I thought the acting, with the sole exception of Laura Linney (the only one who escapes this movie with their dignity intact) was over-the-top in a bad way (there’s one scene Kevin Spacey has that I like where he delivers a somewhat drunken monologue that’s reminiscent of his idol Jack Lemmon, but that’s about it), and worst of all, the ending I found ridiculous and a way to cheapen everything that came beforehand.

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