Am I the only person in Rochester who knows this movie was written by a writing team that included a native Rochesterian? Chris Roach went to high school with me in Rush-Henrietta, and we discussed this movie AND HIS HAVING WRITTEN IT at our 15th high school reunion in November 2012. Consider yourselves informed!
I had hopes for this film, they were crushed by a hapless mess, This will not compare well to the original. Like so many remakes , it lacks soul, storytelling and acting. Save your money for flowers to put in the kitchen, to heal the soul torn asunder by this disaster.
A definite miss.
Bad script and bad acting with a splash of 3D does not a movie make
Ben might play same sort of character, but seriously this movie was awesome. This movie was so relatable. I dunno what you critic sees in movie, i see soul and i found. It brought me more near to the nature, this movie was for preservative person, it will definitely help all the person who had preserve themselves in boring routine day to day exactly same day things. I loved every moment of this movie. And i am sure that Ben never made this movie to earn him Oscar(thats why it was not boring). You can't chop every movie to prove your critic sharpness. Some movies are made to Enjoy, and i've enjoyed it.
I just read your review & watched the movie trailer at http://www.FreeMovieLinker.com/ now I can't wait to actually watch this!
Nicely written review +
You just don't get what it means to have high intellect. Not trying to be mean here but your assertion that the Coen's are making fun of their subjects is so presumptive and off base as if to say I'm way smarter than they are so they should do things the way I want them done. You are a critic, did you like their movies? Why? Please don't try to push your mental "illness" on the writer/directors. If a blind albino comedian uses self effacing humor would you judge him as being racist or somehow mean to the handicapped? What if a brilliant caricaturist does a self portrait? Would the result be self mocking just because the satire is self portrait? Just think about it, in the Coen's world every personality trait is digested and portrayed, in often loving often mocking and usually both ways, Their stories often play on these traits and take them to logical ends of time and combination all in service of the viewers "entertainment".
I find it distatsteful and shallow that you find so many inadequacies in a film that I found to be wholly successful in telling both the story of the difficulty of the process of turning Mary Poppins into a reality and the uncompromising difficulties that Mrs. Travers must have faced in her childhood. I beg you: don't be among those whose writhe in agony at the success of others. Wrap yourself up in some tattered afghan and relish Les Quatres Cent Coups yet again, but please leave your supercilious and overbearing trivialities of criticism for a subject that deserves it.
Found "Her" to be a bit glacially paced, but emotionally engaging. Props to Joaquin Phoenix for what is by far a difficult role.
'On the other hand, Tolstoy might have liked it.'
George Grella, superior to Tolstoy.
Thank you, Dani! We have corrected the name in the review.
The main character's last name is Twombly, not Twamley.
I really liked this movie and can't believe it has had such mediocre reviews. This was a very ambitious film, and despite the sci-fi/fantasy element it was a very humanizing film, too. Loved the music, too especially all the Junip/Jose Gonzalez they used - was great to hear "Far Away" twice (when Walter drives through Greenland in search of Sean and the missing photo and then when Walter rides down Icelandic mountain on the long board he traded Stretch Armstrong for) and also "Don't Let It Pass" (when Walter and Sean have joined the Sherpa soccer match)
Also a side note, this was one of the first films I liked Kristen Wiig in. She didn't just play her one nervous stock character.
How did the phrase "rich in violence and ethnicity" slip past the copy editor?
Emma Thompson steals the show . She is absolutely brilliant.
I think it is amazing to see the reviews where people describe anything in this movie as brilliant, new, or edgy. Midget jokes have been around since I was in high school. It seems the director, the actors, and the producers all got too carried away trying to shock us with gang banging scenes that they forgot to add dimension to the scores of hookers and jerks. The only thing shocking about this movie is that an opportunity to tell a truly great story was sold out for premature ejaculation jokes.
Good but boring :(
incredibly painful and slow.....
"Presumably following its literary and cinematic predecessors"
I'm all for a negative review and different opinions about movies, but this review just feels like an attack on French culture. And I disagree. Eric Rohmer is great.
Mr. Grella's sad commentary inspires ennui. While he is criticizing the camera level - a huge shortcoming I'm sure - he spends not one word on emotion, attraction, lust or the capacity we humans have for suffering. The film deserves much better understanding before it is criticized so bluntly. But, then, what could one expect an American, albeit from Rochester, to know about the finer points of love, life or philosophy?
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