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Attenborough is a past master at this type of drama, and he confidently shifts between the decades, avoiding the confusion so common to non-linear films like this.
Closing the Ring needed to find a context for its free-flowing emotions.
With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough's distinguished filmography.
Credulity is stretched so far it twangs back into your face
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Shirley MacLaine plays a widow harboring a secret dating back to World War II in the poignant romance Closing the Ring
All the extraneous detail cannot obscure what is a simple and mostly dopey love story, and a love story that unfolds in an oddly amateurish fashion.
Though this original screenplay by Peter Woodward has the potential for an interesting examination of the endurance of love, it's saddled with characters who are not very believable and situations which are more melodramatic than realistic.
There are emotional high points in this film about one woman and the three men who love her, but the storytelling is cluttered and the constant to-ing and fro-ing from past to present detracts from the overall
Closing the Ring is well-acted throughout and it has a romantic appeal that is not to be sneered at, even if some may find it bland.
It would be a flinty heart indeed that fails to be touched by the rheumy-eyed playing of MacLaine and her co-star Christopher Plummer.
Newcomers Gregory Smith, Stephen Amell and David Alpay, as three young US Air Force men, act like daytime soap stars.
I like these sorts of stories. It is like a whodunit, but instead of a CSI figuring out who the killer is, we have to figure out how everyone is connected. I wondered for most of the movie what Mr. Quinlan (Pete Postlethwaite)'s connection to the story was.
I saw this movie a second time and liked it even more the second time. Scary stuff - Belfast in the 80's.
Not that crash hot, although I did sit through the whole thing. It really had the feel of a tv movie, and the worst soundtrack ever. The scenes with Ethel and Teddy are nice, but I wasn't too keen on the rest of it. Neve Campbell is highly unappealing in this, the scene where she takes on her mother, talk about over acting. Even Shirley MacLaine is not all that likeable as she generally is. The ending just fell flat and the big secret not worth waiting for.
Closing the Ring is an epic story and intimate tale starring Shirley MacLaine and Neve Campbell as a mother and daughter who find a relic from the past sparking an incendiary series of events. The year is 1991, and as a small American town mourns the passing of beloved World War II veteran Chuck Harris, his wife Ethel (Shirley MacLaine) numbs herself with alcohol to the point where she completely neglects her grieving daughter Marie (Campbell). Later, after Marie receives a telephone call from a boy in Northern Ireland who claims to have recently discovered a ring belonging to Ethel, a mystery nearly five decades in the making comes slowly into focus as the story drifts back into Chuck's wartime past and the days when he and Ethel first formed their powerful bond,
This film is about an old man digging up fragments of planes from World War II, thereby uncovering some heartbreaking secrets.
"Closing The Ring" is probably about as unconventional as you can get, as it concentrates on the relationship among older people, characters with a thick Irish accent and setting against a backdrop of terrorist attacks. Maybe it is this unusual combination that makes the film interesting.
The film recounts past regrets, unfulfilled promises and entangled relationships. The complicated plot weaving the past and present is well presented. Characters are developed well, drawing me to their experiences, making me feel the way they do. However, this Teddy guy is seriously miscast. He is so wooden and passionless. Mischa Barton is beautiful and great performance of her.
Good directing by Richard Attenborough
"Closing The Ring" is an engaging romantic drama. It is worth a watch.
Fantastic romantic epic and enthralling story of young love. Director Richard
Attenborough helms a deeply moving love story beautifully interwoven between the 1940s and the present.
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