Elegy received generally favorable reviews from the majority of critics. It currently holds a 75% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus "An intelligent, adult, and provocative Philip Roth adaptation that features classy performances, Elegy is never quite the sum of its parts." The film also holds a rating of 66/100 based on thirty-two reviews on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable" reviews
Top ten lists::
The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008.
3rd - Kimberly Jones, The Austin Chronicle
4th - Mike Russell, The Oregonian
5th - Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle
6th - Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
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the whole cast is::::
PenÚlope Cruz as Consuela Castillo
Ben Kingsley as David Kepesh
Dennis Hopper as George O'Hearn
Patricia Clarkson as Carolyn
Peter Sarsgaard as Kenneth Kepesh
Deborah Harry as Amy O'Hearn
Charlie Rose as Charlie Rose
Antonio Cupo as Younger Man
Michelle Harrison as 2nd Student
Sonja Bennett as Beth
Chelah Horsdal as Susan Reese
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The film is set in New York City, but was filmed in Vancouver
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For the accords we carry, at times, we place them beneath our microscope of discernment in a petri dish for scrutiny- we then determine those we leave and others we yearn to hold onto.
Kingsley's character was a seasoned tom cat who refuted commitments until tragedy struck the very breasts of a young brunette he adored- 30 years younger in Penelope Cruz' character.
In short, following the death of his close friend (Hopper) and the release of an unwarranted relationship with a damsel his age, he found purpose. He found the answer to what his heart relayed countless of times when wallowing in the rain, after each of his insecurities and heart of brokenness, a revealing illuminated him through that hurtful space, and he found the definition in someone who truly loved him.
Kepesh isn't a good guy and since we follow him, that may put people off but I like seeing different perspectives, regardless of how unpleasant they are and Kingsley's performance makes Kepesh interesting and worth following even if we aren't exactly rooting for him. Consuela is a more likeable character and it's fair to say that this story I as much, if not more, about her than it is about Kepesh.
I've seen too many movies where they play a piece by Satie every ten minutes to try and seem meaningful and this one is very much guilty of doing the same but it's well-shot and the performances are such that I'd say it actually pulls it off. That won't be to everyone's liking though but aesthetically, I felt like there was some real class here.
It's a fairly depressing work but that should be pretty clear from the title and I don't necessarily find that to be a bad thing- it's not melodramatic but instead has a surprising delicacy in contrast to the stark outlook expressed by its main character. The script feels confident and able and when the film stalls it never falls apart. The story overall isn't as good as it easily could have been, though it's consistently interesting, but the real strength here is the cast who fully live up to the expectations that one would put on them. Definitely recommended, particularly if the cast seems to your liking but you will probably find some niggling issues when all is said and done.