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The Cliff's Notes of Hemingway's life, devoid of theme or skeleton, are related in this made-for-television biopic. It is as though the filmmakers simply tried to include one scene for every book, wife, and year in Hemingway's later life, and what the film amounts to is a vague collection of anecdotes that ultimately signify nothing. What anyone who attempts to make a film like this needs to understand is the root of Hemingway's life, fiction, and antics: he was monumentally disappointed in life as a whole. He saw humanity for all the things it is capable of, and through the same eyes, he saw the devastatingly disappointment of reality. You can see this in The Sun Also Rises, in his failed romance during the war, his life-long crippling injury, Hadley's careless loss of his early work, his drunkenness, and his ultimate suicide. All of these events and artifacts serve to spur or become symptoms of a profound disappointment. His antics were an attempt to create adventure in order to make his expectations of life match reality. Of course, none of this is this shoddy, ill-conceived film, and even a contrary thesis would have provided the film with some degree of coherence.
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