Well ... I watched this movie after a good friend had lent it to me telling me it's a "must see"! Me and him agree on films usually, so I gave it a try. I didn't know anything about this movie except what I have read on the DVD cover. Never heard of it and didn't even know it was nominated for an Oscar last year. This is what I like about movies ... when one comes out of nowhere, after years of watching rehashed Hollywood crud ...and it just smacks you in the face!!! The director created a movie (his first) that seasoned Hollywood veterans would have a hard time making ... me feels. The acting was spectacular, all around!!!! No weak performances at all. The characters were well developed and while the movie seemed to lag in some spots; in retrospect it worked to its overall benefit. This movie works on so many levels, from pure entertainment to social commentary, to fairy tale, to an action picture. I literally felt that I was watching multiple movies at once ... All in all I am taken aback by this movie. It reafirms my faith in good movie making that doesn't rely on CGI to tell a hell of a story. Alejandro González Iñárritu is the director to watch. I gotta see it again!!! What did you guys think? I did a search on the Board and have not seen any talk about this flick. I am dying to hear some opinions and start some discussion on this!!!