The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews
November 4, 2014
This has to be the best movie on this earth. Love it. Will watch it over and over. Great story, great acting, great for singles, family, writers or anyone.
October 28, 2014
its a good movie morgan freeman i know good is not good enough for morgan but its not bad
October 6, 2014
Good story, but there's really a lack of chemistry among the characters, and the lack of a back story for the mom character makes it impossible to really connect to her.
September 22, 2014
The words of choices are still intact to make it "literatural" pleasant to understand.
And think god he didn't move to mexico in the end.
If you set the "mind" clock down to 11-26. You will probably appreciate the movie a bit more.
The movie is around the idea of imagination and trying to communicate in a "literature" sense of the character.
The background of "cowboy" fantasy, might not be the most effective "theatrical" expression by the people whom study such.
But the rebirth of his writing was an interesting one, and the communication was for the kid and the lady.
And it captures almost any writer implicit or explicit aware of it in the minds of people.
Unless you are solely writing for personal record.
But if there is a reason to write for "personal record", its probably because scared that self will forgot something important. Hence, the writing is for a less perfected and memorable self.
Doubting what is in Isle Belle island, the craft of theatrical work its poor, I totally agrees that.
Even the three daughter's role, is crafted in a way that's predictable after the older girl picks up the diary.
It tries to resolve and establish a way for the viewer to untangle conflicts between the characters and merge a "happy ending".
But I don't think is wrong, it just that you can only sandwhich so much within a 2 hour movie.
September 11, 2014
Pese a que los críticos fueron duros con esta peli, yo creo que se merece una oportunidad, porque es un llamado a la dulzura, a aprender a conectarse con los otros e inclusive tiene un encuentro con el romance. Morgan Freeman es Monte Wildhorn, un autor de historias de vaqueros, quien se refugia en un tranquilo pueblo para lamentarse por su triste vida y pasar su alcoholismo; pero alli conocerá a sus vecinas. Una madre y tres hijas que se volverán sus amigas, que le servirán para volver a encontrar la perdida inspiración que tuvo alguna vez como escritor.
September 9, 2014
Not Morgan Freeman's best, definitely a bit on the boring side.
September 7, 2014
Simple, little slow and dark at first, quickly teens very charming
August 22, 2014
Best movie I've ever seen. I never seem to like top critically acclaimed pics, so it makes sense the 'experts' did not like this one.
|Delina Jenkins C||
August 10, 2014
As usual the professional critics are out of touch with what the audiences really like. This movie was a very enjoyable look at a difficult summer for three girls whose parents are splitting, made magical by a unique neighbor. The performance by Emma Fuhrmann was fantastic and as she goes on to be a star she can be proud of this early one. Fans of Madsen and Freeman will enjoy this one as we did.
|Rudy Maximilian III||
July 30, 2014
I don't actually know why I watched this one. It isn't a well-known title, it didn't do well at the box office, it will eventually be one of those footnotes in Morgan Freeman's career. But I am glad that I did watch it as it is infinitely better than some of the more popular crap out there these days.
Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a stubborn, alcoholic ex-writer who is spending his summer at a rent-free home in a place called Belle Isle. He's lost his wife (to cancer) and his will to do anything with his life anymore. Much to his initial dislike, he befriends a single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her three daughters, one of which, Finnegan (Emma Fuhrmann), takes an interest in his writing. Over the course of the summer Finnegan and her mother change his outlook on life.
This is a predictable story. One that gives you an 'oh, yeah, it'll go like that'-moment sometime in the first 15 minutes. And you will be right. But in this case it doesn't matter. Freeman's slow transformation is fun to watch and even at Monte's worst moments, you'll love this character. The lead opposite Freeman is Fuhrmann, who does a much better-than-average job of portraying the young and curious girl that provokes Monte enough to start turning around.
The production of the movie is solid. Thanks to Reed Morano's great cinematography, this movie breathes a consistent, strong atmosphere, which adds to the pleasure of watching as the 1 hour and 50 minutes roll by.
Pros: Keeps you entertained, even though you know how it's going to end.
Cons: Not spectacular, predictable
July 20, 2014
Loved it for the simple tale that it is.
July 18, 2014
Beautifully written and well acted story. Loved the dialog and seeing the relationships develop and grow. Heartwarming.
June 5, 2014
Entrañable historia en la que un escritor de westerns alcohólico y sin muchas ideas para plasmar en la página, se muda a Belle Isle por un verano a "cuidar" la casa del patrón de su sobrino y es ahí donde volverá a encontrar la inspiración justo en la casa de al lado. Emma Fuhrmann, Nicolette Pierini y por supuesto Morgan Freeman destacan por sus actuaciones.
May 5, 2014
Never stop looking for what's not there.
Monty Wildhorn is an old western author that doesn't have much ambition towards writing or life in general. He agrees to dog sit over a summer on a small island where he'll be left alone so he can drink himself to death...or begin writing again. A woman in the process of getting a divorce lives down the street with her three daughters. The three daughters inspire the man and in return he inspires them.
"What's he yelling at?"
Rob Reiner, director of The Bucket List, A Few Good Men, North, Misery, Ghosts of Mississippi, Stand by Me, This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, and When Harry Met Sally, delivers The Magic of Belle Isle. The storyline for this picture is actually very entertaining and contains wonderful characters and a well written script. The cast delivers awesome performances and includes Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Kenan Thompson, Fred Willard, Madeline Carroll, and Emma Fuhrmann.
"Sometimes I want to pull my pants down."
"Join the club."
I actually started watching this a couple years ago at my dad's house around Christmas and thought it looked interesting. This was definitely better than I anticipated and I found this a fun film to watch unfold. I found myself lost in the characters and the ultimate direction of the story. Overall, this is a very good movie about imagination and the beauty of youth. I strongly recommend seeing this movie and it is borderline worth adding to your DVD collection.
"I don't believe in last chances. I've had too many of them."
April 18, 2014
En lågmäld, söt och oskyldig liten bagatell till feelgood-familjedrama, regisserad utav samma kille som gjorde The Bucket List. Sevärd mycket tack vare en alltid lika karismatisk och charmerande Morgan Freeman. Lite småmysig sådär.
April 16, 2014
It's definitely schmaltzy, but damn it, sometimes you just need a feel good corny movie. Loved it.
April 10, 2014
I loved seeing a good, clean family movie for a change. It was so sweet!
March 17, 2014
Freeman is his usual superb self and does a great job of developing his character. It is a wonderfully heartwarming story about friendship, renewal, and love.
February 23, 2014
Much better than it ought to have been.
February 19, 2014
People do not search for real life in a movie. They look to find a haven from there problems. They do not need reality.
Many critics say this movie is predictable and unrealistic but who cares. This movie is funny and by the end of it you will feel generally happy.