Third Star (2010)
Third Star (2010)
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The script is too full of events and outbursts for it truly to convince, but the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch.
Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last.
Dalton, a Bafta-winning short filmmaker, ensures everything looks pleasant and polished enough, but there's very little here that stands out.
Audience Reviews for Third Star
A beautifully shot film starring a beautiful quartet of friends, one of whom has terminal cancer, making the journey to said dying friend's most favourite place on Earth to spend one last get-together. Sounds horrible perhaps, but this is truly a stunning, moving, hilarious, wonderful film that has been imbedded in my brain since I saw it on a tiny screen in a near-empty theatre. It's a small film with modest aims that absolutely succeeds on numerous levels and is one of the few films I've watched that had me uncontrollably *sobbing*. You can perhaps tell where it is going but every now and then I found myself wrong-footed in surprising ways. The concluding 15 minutes are a genuine tour-de-force in acting, writing and direction as every possible thought that anyone in such a situation would have is verbalised. To elaborate more would be unfair. This little seen and critically ignored/maligned film is worthy of your time and I implore you to seek it out as this talented director and exceptionally talented cast deserve to go on to do more widely recognised work.
Benedict Cumberbatch...actually all of these actors were gorgeous in this movie. It was lovely and sad and wonderful and, though it may have been done before, I found the story to be gorgeous as well. I'm a sucker for a great sad film and make sure you have your tissues handy for this one because it starts pulling your heart apart about halfway in and it doesn't let go. I'm over hyping it a bit but honestly, if I still think the movie is just as wonderful a few days later, I know it was worth the watch.
A melancholy, comical film. One that combines the two genres fantastically, but is not a film you would want to repeat watching.
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