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That The Good Night is the work of a first-time writer/director is apparent, as the story feels disjointed and never connects with the audience.
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Writer-director Jake Paltrow's (yes, brother of Gwennie) debut feature is exquisitely romantic, painful, and riotous; everyone's lonely and going about it wrong.
A mish-mash of secondhand ideas, with some real misfires.
Skimming through comedy, satire and cautionary tale, it's all somewhat vague - exasperatingly so when suggestive artiness seems to have been intended. Not as clever as it thinks.
The tone is all over the place.
The sort of movie you forget even as you're watching it.
As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning.
[A] witless whimsy.
Flawed, but with enough interest to suggest Jake Paltrow may be one to keep an eye out for in future.
...a low-key yet consistently engaging effort...
This sleepyhead Prince Charming is in for a rude awakening when the choosy, chain smoking Anna, actual female that she is, finds him an annoying loser, and at best undesirable. Au revoir, unconditional love. Someone wake me when it's over.
The Good Night is a superlative feature film from Jake Paltrow; a fulfilling buffet of aches and pains from the discontented, poured into an amusing, uneasy comedic fantasy that barely misses a step.
If the hero has trouble dozing off, that's not a problem which will affect many viewers of this movie.
Lackluster tale of a man torn between the iddylic dream life or the difficult, if more substantial, life in the real. Altho a nice middling story with okey-dokey dialogue, there's nada here to herald significant interest.
Terrible movie i was open to this movie! it sounded like a nice sweet fantasy movie that might actually be good but this was probably the worse movie ive ever seen.
it has so few laughs that if you miss them you'd think there isnt any! the storyline is boring slow and boring with nit very much going on and in the end leaves you confused i wouldnt recommend this movie to anyone!!
Original and intriguing story, about a former popstar, who as a result of hitting a mid-life crisis, develops an obsessive interest in lucid dreaming. An interest which becomes the trigger for a remarkable, surreal and ultimately life-changing journey.
Besides a good and well-written storyline, this movie sure managed to squeeze in a lot familiar faces, american and british actors alike. None of them really stood out from the rest, but they all played their roles well, even if the chemistry between some of the actors could have been a bit better.
For all its strengths, however, it's not really the sort of film that will have you jump with excitement, nor stay in your memory for very long. It's hard to point out exactly why that is, but it felt like it was missing one or two key ingredients for me to wanna give it a higher rating than I have.
In any case, if you're looking for something out of the ordinary or Charlie Kaufman-ish, then you should give this one a go. Because despite falling short of greatness, it still remains a better-than-average dramedy.
I have been watching a lot of good independent films right now and this one is probably one of the best indie films I've seen in a while. Well, next to Crash.
The good thing about the film is that I can relate to it. Sometimes, I dream about girls whom I do not know of and the next day, I find out that those girls are actually in the covers of some magazines. Which makes me feel like I'm a bit of a loser but that's not the thing here.
The film have a great cast and this is Mr. Freeman's breakout role I suppose. I'm gonna see more of him in the future, that I'm sure of. Danny Devito, Gwyneth Paltrow and Penelope Cruz also did good jobs in portraying their roles. They executed it with professionalism and with flair. The ending was kinda sad but it was very effective. I suggest other film buffs to watch it because this is how movies should be made.
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