Broken Flowers Reviews
SPOILERS AHEAD: After all of Don's visits with his past lovers, we reach the ending. And it's with this that I have a love/hate relationship. All of the details seem to be coming together; Don has a conversation with who he believes to be his son, and we think find out who sent the letter, but just when I expected the final details to be revealed, the movie just ended. Everything I had been waiting to discover throughout the whole movie was just thrown out. In that regard I was upset. I was excited for the answers and I never got them. But, there was also a purpose for the ending. Don ends up just like us, expecting answers and not getting them. The guy he thought was his son ran off, saw yet another young man who could be his son, and he noticed clues at the house of one of the women but was unable to piece them together due to unlucky, violent circumstances. Don never finds out who is son is or who he got pregnant, and he will most likely never find out. We follow Don through the whole film, in fact, there isn't one scene without Bill Murray in it. We stick with Don until the very end, and are left feeling just the same as him: confused, sad, and hopeless. Sure, it's depressing, but life doesn't always have happy endings.
So to sum it all up, "Broken Flowers" is unique, intriguing, believably human, dramatic, and funny. Though it may not please the average, casual moviegoer, this film is truly special.
The subject sounds dramatic (or has the possibility to be dramatic). However, since the director is Jim Jarmusch, you cannot expect him to tell a classical Hollywood story. The story is told in a smooth way, with little ups and downs and an open ending. I'm not very sure about the theme, but very impressed by Don's detached attitude towards life and his hesitation on actions. I like the story's mood, which is very well created by appropriate blank in characters' relationship and narrative rhythm, as well as Bill Murray's natural performance.
Broken Flowers is the second film of Jim Jarmusch I saw, after Only Lovers Left Alive. Both of them made me feel there is some nature beauty in Jim Jarmusch's film language. It seems he creates beautiful scenes with little effort, just like the way he tells his story, which has some natural lightness in it.