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The classic Judy Garland film that gave us songs like "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The story was created when the studio wanted to have the Broadway hit play "Life with Father". Unwilling to have audiences split between the live stage and the screen they couldn't get the rights to the play. So the studio created a similar story for Meet Me in St. Louis.
Living in small town USA, you've become nothing after being popular in high school, and your mom commited suicide as a kid? Man, you just can't catch a break. Nothing seems to be fully completed at the end.
A beautiful adaptation and a delicious couple. Sally Hawkins as Anne is fabulous and you are with her emotionally the entire time. I love the fast paced frantic run she does in Bath as she races after Frederick when she gets his letter.
I love Billie Piper. So I adored her as Fanny.
It moved very very quickly. It would be best to already know the story or have seen other versions so you always knew what was going on. Very funny to watch Maria eye up Henry Crawford.
Everyone seemed to have magic breasts that seem a bit impossible for correct period undergarments. But it was neat how the older women still wore fashions that would have been popular when they were younger.
Very very very slow moving. Fanny seemed very homely and I could barely hear her. But it does walk through, or maybe creep, though the book. You get a lot of the story that other adaptations sometimes skip or breeze by.
Part Two has a completely different feel. Almost as if it was a whole new style of filming and direction. Part One is about triumph, Part Two is about failure. You painfully sit through the entire piece having grasped the idea 30 minutes in. The entire piece is summed up by one scene of Che urging a stubborn horse to move forward, the creature beating him in the end. It is easy to become impatient.
Part One is beautiful and moving, though a little self indulgent knowing it has as much film time as it does. You find yourself cheering on the revolution actually based on the idea of bettering the country for the common people.
I actually found the costumes disracting. They were so proud of the matching themes and HUGE prints that the costumes began not to fit the film. I was also spoiled by the Showtime Series "The Tudors". The pace of the film felt rushed and perhaps unexplained for uninformed viewers. I only really enjoyed Scarlett Johansson.
Wow, that was bad. Nothing exciting or interesting for the plot since we already knew what would happen. The acting was poor and the fight scenes were just to show you how much blood they could use. Ugh
GREAT action scenes but lacking in the plot and ending. They really could have made some interesting plot choices and tied it up much better. But you hate the ex-wife and root for him taking down all the bad guys.
I think the only reason I watched the whole thing was because of my own love of Jane Austen. Similar character plot lines to The Women but each woman is a different Jane Austen character in her habits and troubles.
I action sequences were supurb and had you on the edge of your seat. Much better than the later Brosnan scripts. Fast moving and enjoyable. Dench is also wonderful. The oil girl was also a neat image call back to the gold girl in Goldfinger.
Viggo and Ed are amazing. Totally the idea the manly cowboy we all love. The comedy is slow and easy, but hilarious.
I don't understand the casting of Zallweger. But I'm glad I'm not the only viewer who just wished she would get slapped or shot. She just brought down the otherwise great cast.
A beautiful period film. Ralph Fiennes is impressive. He brought thought and reason to all his character's actions, cruel as they may be. It would have been so easy to just play a completely evil character.
This film is awful! So disappointing. But you will laugh. Especially at the voice over scenes of wild animals.
They are all wearing the same clothes in the scene one year later at the tv station that they were in the first station scene.
This movie was amazing leaving a similar feeling of Fight Club mixed with Count of Monte Cristo. At least watch this for the one shot fight scene where the primary weapon is a hammer. Be ready for lots of blood, violence, and uncomfortable topics.
Let's all wince at the uncomfortable tension and comedy together. And psssst! Dan's family! Could you do your laundry during the day so he doesn't have to sleep next to the dryer that is apparently drying a load of bricks?
Want to enjoy George Clooney's charisma is the whole point of this film. It's enjoyable and full of silliness most will enjoy. It even has the required man hiding in a woman's train compartment filled with quick witted dialogue. All you need is Carry Grant!
Wow, sometimes you see a movie just for the action and the horrible acting. This is that kind of movie. You should get plenty of laughs at how bad and how wet this is. And of course I cheer for Alien. Come on!
I couldn't stand to sit through the whole film. I volunteered to get more snacks and then wandered a bit. Peter's "emo" portion was laughable and the rest was weak. It didn't have to be nearly as long as it was.
Really spectacular acting, especially by Hanks and Hoffman. An excellent film to remind you of your history leading up to 9-11. You'll be cheering for each helicopter being shot down and as Charlie raises the funding from nothing to a billion.
Just spectacular. The intimate feel of the film makes the quieter singing style fit perfectly. Expect lots of blood, a much faster pace than the stage show, slight editing down on the number of songs, and hilarious dark humor.
Adorable family film with awesome Vince Vaughn comedy timing. Paul Giamatti is a perfect Santa too. Plenty of laughs for all ages in the family and a heart-warming ending. (Hilarious Superman moment with Kevin Spacey as well.)
I'm surprised to say I prefer the Gwyneth Paltrow version! The characters didn't seem to connect to each other or the viewer as well as you could hope. Mr. Knightley didn't impress me as much as I would have expected. I did enjoy the detail this adaptation had in relation to the actual book. The chicken thieves and the beautiful framing of all our happy couples rightly paired, dancing at the very end were a nice touch. Bizarre to see Kate Beckinsale as Emma when you see her as a vampire in other films. I didn't feel she really fit! More like an unlikable snob who I didn't feel really provided excellent banter and exchange with Knightley.
A lot more interesting than critics would have you believe. The action is really great with plenty of laughs to keep your tension managable. A very quick run time which leaves you wanting more and maybe upset by the ending. Neat concept though.
A fantastic performance by Tom Wilkinson and Clooney! I'm sure Wilkinson will be up for an Oscar. Detailed and thrilling without the need for car chases and gun scenes. The tension will get you inching forward in your chair as you think about the immorality of big buisness and law firms that support them because that's what they were hired to do. Just fantastic!
You'll be better off if you know a little about the history of the French Royal Family during the time of the St. Bartholomew day massacre. You can tell that the story is taken from Dumas because of all the intrigue and murder due to poison! Beware, this is a French film so there is plenty of BLOOD, sex and full frontal male nudity.
The action is amazing and the moments of comedy give you a chance to breathe and relate. Great acting and message that "those people over there" are just that, people like us with families and beliefs trying to fight terrorists as well.
Stunning acting by Foster and Gere were spectacular in this emotionally draining drama. Gere returns after missing for 6 years during the Civil War. The question of the film is Gere really Sommersby, the husband or Foster, as he claims? But while the question hangs in the air he brings the town together, black and white, and pulls the town out of the economic downward spiral that would destroy what was left after the war. Spectacular love story. Keep tissues nearby!
An excuse for constant close-ups on Halle Berry's admittedly smoking body. The whole film felt more like a chore with a "surprise" at the end to try to prove that it was more than a tribute to Berry's amazing looks.
It was a mistake to cast Hilary Swank as the lead. She gave no excitement to the lead leaving the rest of the amazing cast with no energy to feed off of. Beautiful costumes but for how exciting the plot line should be, you don't feel it. Christopher Walken was the BEST part.
I remember seeing this on cable tv and feeling very confused as to what in the hell I was watching. Two, maybe cousins, are stranded on an island and grow up together, hit puberty and eventually have a baby not knowing how it happened. The idea of how nature would take over if social stigmas and ideas are not presented to youth.
I cannot get over how spectacular Helen Mirren is. A must see for anyone interested in this time period or genre of film. She is so strong and yet has emotionally fragile moments as Elizabeth that are intriguing.
If you loved Amelie you will love this film. Presented in much the same style, with color again playing an important part, yellow tones placing us just after WWI and grey darkness showing us the trenches and despair. Touching and beautiful.
Beautiful cinematography and costuming. It was fun to watch how different moments of her life would creep into the stories we all love. But if you know about Jane Austen's life you know what the ending has to be. Rather dull and not as engaging as her stories but it definitely picks up in the last 1/3.
I was frustrated the whole first half of the film. Is this an excuse just to play with CGI? The sound was to quiet making it a chore to hear what the actors were saying. The ending made up for the first half and I still have the music number of "Close to You" stuck in my head. Beautiful and strange visuals, my favorite being the sphinxes.
So strange. Huge, bizarre, unneeded orgy scene at the end. It's almost sad not being able to take in any of the smells the whole film revolves around. Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman are brilliant but as it ended I was mostly annoyed and put off. Lots of stuff that will make you squirm and ask if it's really needed.
Amazing film and spectacular acting. You are in its grip the whole time. The tension throughout the film as Dench stalks Blanchett in the pursuit of a perfect female friendship with lesbian lust is amazing. The story of a teacher falling for a student is nothing new, but you follow Dench's story telling through her writing of her diary with baited breath.
Funny and emotional. Cher is amazing as always and Winona's narrating is amusing as she tries to relate everything to her fantasies with Catholicism (though her family is actually Jewish). But she isn't as perfect as she wishes especially since she met a local boy and her mom starts dating.