I must say this film was better than I expected - it just had unfortunate previews. I found myself rather enjoying it, rather than tediously enduring it as I had expected. In all honesty, I absolutely only saw the film for Ewan McGregor and Ralph Fiennes. But, as I said, I enjoyed it more than I expected. Much like the first(from what I remember of that one) and cute, funny enough(likely more so for younger audiences), and with enough of a serious touch to keep a decent story going. The too-brief cameos of Mr. McGregor and Fiennes were MY most enjoyable moments(hearing Fiennes yelp when a child hugs him was priceless) but it was cute, childish fun throughout.
I thought this was a lovely film. Graceful dialogue, appropriate costuming(and at times, lack thereof), beautiful music, and a brilliant cast. Stephen Rea was great as Henry, the husband that loves his wife but doesn't show it in a manner fitting for her personality, and he's too timid to react to the affair that happens around him. Julianne Moore was lovely and elegant, playing her part well but at times not with the emotion I would have hoped. Ralph Fiennes I must, as always, praise for a job done magnificently. Few can do jealous and brooding quite as well as he, and make the character likable at the same time. He and Moore formed a perfectly convincing relationship, and I found myself wishing she really would have left Henry for Maurice. It was just a simply lovely film, one that I have watched more than once in the past few days.
A very sweet, sad, and lovely film. Mellow and quiet, but I really enjoyed it. Martha Fiennes shows that equisite talent flows through that entire family(and Magnus Fiennes' equally sweet and haunting musical score only adds to it all), and showed herself to be a great director. A lot of the camera work was cleverly and beautifully done, and I just all in all really liked the showing of the story. Liv was gorgeous and very convincing, and Ralph was handsome and although at times aggravating, eventually won me over. I was surprised by this film, and really enjoyed it.
I saw this because of my adoration of Ewan McGregor, and as it is a political drama, it took me a little bit to figure out just what was going on. But then the suspense really built, and although I didn't particularly care for any of the other characters, Ewan had me clinging to his heels as he probed the "case". Kim Cattrall was NOT good - she was stiff and too rehearsed. But I do like Pierce Brosnan, and he did his role well. I can't praise Ewan McGregor enough, purely because he is Ewan and incredibly talented. The film eventually adapted quite a spooky feel, and the ending shot is brilliant.
What a freaking cool movie. Telling a story backwards? How hard was that to film? Wow. It really keeps the viewer thinking and re-thinking the entire time, and you feel so sympathetic for Leonard. Christopher Nolan is an unbelievable filmmaker and storyteller - this is just another brilliant example. I wanted to watch it again right when it ended. It's such a trip, wow. Impossible to see that end(or, technically, beginning) coming. I recommend this for everyone. What an incredible way to tell a story...