#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Moisés Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard’s visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of “Angels in America” a year after Shephard’s death.
Plot: “The Laramie Project” is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of “The Laramie Project,” the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, recording hours of interviews with the town’s citizens over a two-year period. The film adaptation dramatizes the troupe’s visit, using the actual words from the transcripts to create a portrait of a town forced to confront itself.
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Everyone Carries a Piece of the Truth.
As a viewer, new to this story and type of storytelling, I felt a bit over biased. I realize that instead of focusing on the death and life of Matthew Shepard, Kaufman, focused on the collective voice of the town, which was nothing but a bag of mixed messages. As I sat, thinking about this film over the course of several days, that is the only issue that I had trouble grappling. This was an emotional film, chalk full of actors giving surprising monologues about their personal opinions as we collectively watch the aftermath of such a horrid crime. We even get the chance to see how the death of Matthew Shepard caused an ill fate to another person within the community. Again, these side stories were powerful to watch because it gave a living soul to the town, but where The Laramie Project went a bit too far was the over-dramatic nature of the characters.
While I would agree that there was probably some emotion behind those that chose to take part in the interviews, I don’t believe you would find such a doctor, with such a dramatic “umph” saying, “We take offense to this murder”, like no other than Peter Fonda could say it. Christina Ricci, in my eyes, was the embodiment of my last statement. Perhaps Kaufman, would have benefited more by placing unknowns in the roles instead of these name Hollywood players. While they were not A-grade actors, they each did a phenomenal job in this film but oddly, this was the problem. Steve Buscemi speaking about his relationship with Shepard made me see Buscemi being Buscemi. I didn’t see the character that he was playing. I didn’t see Fonda’s doctor’s character. I didn’t see anything of value behind Ricci’s character (outside of a definite Ricci being Ricci) and while I realize that this was not a work of fiction, without the development of a known character, they were just actors speaking powerful lines. The lines stood on their own, and it was those lines that continued my attention through the film. Alas, I could not see Joshua Jackson (from Dawson’s Creek) as the actual bartender or Dylan Baker as the head of the hospital because I knew these actors. I wanted better from them. The most emotional speeches came from those that I was not fully familiar with. Those like the man who watched the parade route, or the actor that played Matthew Shepard’s father. These smaller, unknown bits, was what made The Laramie Project stand out and break a tear out of even the strongest wall.
I want to express again that I thought that this was a very powerful film; there were just certain moments that were using cliché elements to heighten the emotion of the story. This wasn’t needed in the least bit. While I know that having the media attention when the residents of Laramie walked out of the courtroom was surprising, the film technique used to demonstrate this seemed cheap, and nearly like a low blow to the story. The glossed effect of when Ricci’s character, and her mother, made angels to block the words of protesters, seemed fake on screen while perhaps actual footage of this event would have strengthened the emotion. Perhaps I am asking too much, but when Ricci walks out with those angel wings flying high, I just expected Will Smith to come out of nowhere, screaming a line that would surely demonstrate to those protesters who was in control here. It came out a bit too Hollywood. As well as the scene where Dylan Baker cries, which I felt was the better of all the cinematic moments. It was powerful, yet subdued. It could have used more realism. Am I complaining too much? Nope, because I thought this was a brilliant film with how unique it was with its portrait of storytelling. I liked hearing the voices, in fact, if this were a story on CD, it would be a personal favorite, but because we were distracted by images of famous actors speaking in their own voice as well as unclimactic cliché scenes, it softened the blow. I was still teary at the end, but this could have been a film to rival that of Angels in America had it just tried a bit harder to avoid the Hollywood influx and paint a more vivid portrait of your average American town.
Overall, I must admit, it took me several days for this film to settle, but I think I could view it again. I especially would like to see Amy Madigan’s performance, which I thought, her struggle with what happened, nearly overshadowed what happened to Matthew Shepard. I could have watched an entire film based solely on her. It is amazing what the media chooses to cover, and what they choose to ignore. I like what this film demonstrated. I like that it didn’t depict this Wyoming town of rednecks and hillbillies never quite understanding what was wrong with the murder of Shepard. I am glad that we were able to see humanity break through the barriers and show emotion, show sadness, and look beyond the lifestyle to see the human being that was wrongly sentenced. I do think, nonetheless, that liberties were taken with certain actors and certain camera shots, but overall that can be overlooked. By throwing in some unknowns to this picture, I think the drama and the intensity of the event could have been heightened. This is a sad thing that happened, and I am glad that Hollywood chose to open the envelope, but they just didn’t give it that final seal of approval. Actors were actors and cliché moments were used to build emotion. You already had a sad story; we didn’t need the charades to improve it. I strongly suggest watching this film.
Grade: **** out of *****
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, History
Director Moisés Kaufman
Writer Moisés Kaufman (play), Moisés Kaufman (screenplay), Stephen Belber (play), Stephen Belber (screenplay), Amanda Gronich (play), Amanda Gronich (screenplay), Greg Pierotti (play), Greg Pierotti (screenplay), Kelli Simpkins (play), Kelli Simpkins (screenplay), Jeffrey LaHoste (play), Jeffrey LaHoste (screenplay), John McAdams (play), John McAdams (screenplay), Leigh Fondakowski (play), Leigh Fondakowski (screenplay), Andy Paris (play), Andy Paris (screenplay), Barbara Pitts (play), Barbara Pitts (screenplay), Stephen Wangh (play), Stephen Wangh (screenplay)
Actors Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney, Peter Fonda, Jeremy Davies
Awards Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 2,620.67 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm