The Guitar Reviews
This movie presents one response. Makes you think.
Saffron Burrows does a marvelous job. Her facial expressions almost tell the story well enough to preclude any dialogue on her part. There are other fine acting jobs here, but they all drift on the periphery of Saffron's excellent performance.
It's nice to find a movie from time to time that I like despite my reservations. I'm not the kind of guy who would typically be interested in this genre of movie, but The Guitar was more than enough to get me to overlook that particular bias.
"The Guitar" is a modest movie that is buoyed by a very fine performance from Saffron Burrows. Most people with little time left to live might be inclined to travel to a sunny beach somewhere but Melody is a New Yorker and a New Yorker's perfect fantasy is a spacious apartment. And that's not the only fantasy explored here. But after a while, it becomes clear that there are only two directions this movie can go in. In the end, it chooses the wrong path which leads the story to become more preposterous as it goes on as fantasy becomes more the rule than any reality.
When terminal illness doesn't kill you... debt will.
This movie wasn't just bad, it was a disaster and a kick in the groin just to go through it, but in order to have this opinion I had to see it, henceforth, my review is this. Don't watch it, you'll be disappointed and feel you've been cheated out of a couple of hours of your life. It's just an insult to any terminal patient.
So, the moral of the story is if you're gonna die don't overdraft yourself with credit cos you might get afflicted by the cancer which is debt. Oh, yeah, but you'll play the electric guitar with great ability in three months... SCREW THIS!
The movie has a definite 'indie' feel to it and benefits from that approach. Yes it has some eroticism but it I found it compelling and quite moving. I really didn't find it boring or slow - I was hooked and need to know how this would end. Suspension of disbelief may be required at times but I can do that. There is an interesting moral to be read from her actions and from their unexpected results.
I don't do plot spoilers - you'll have to work that out yourself. I recommend it - you'll at least have a good conversation starter as you ponder what you would do in the circumstances.
I do look forward to seeing Saffron Burrows - she was quite enchanting, and this is a worthy directorial debut from Amy Redford.
That said, Saffron Burrows isn't bad in this and the performances aren't bad given the material. Still, I'm stunned that a movie with such a simple view of the world exists.