Hope Floats Reviews
Unmotivated and crushed, she's not able to even be able to get herself out of bed in the morning. She gets encouragement from her mother, and she tries to pick up the pieces of her life. This isn't easy as even applying for a job, she does not have much skills and she was not kind to the girl in high school who runs the job postings office. She has a man that she has a history with Justin (Harry Connick Jr.) that is interested in her, but she does not feel the timing is right for a relationship. Her daughter too misses her father and lashes out at her mother and frequently blames her for her current situation. Birdee must weather the storm and find herself.
Hope Floats is an interesting romantic movie that although has some typical Hollywood elements, it for the most part breaks from the happy go lucky romantic movie. This is not a movie where everything works out perfectly and everyone is happy. After a crushing blow, Bullock's character does not simply instantly find love at first sight and move back with her life in a simple step. Instead the film does a great job pacing the comeback as a struggle. She does not instantly find the job of her dreams and instantly find herself right back at home. She instead is constantly looking to keep her head above water and simply float. With her dad having Alzheimer's and her mom keeping her on her toes, it is not like she has easy pillars to lean on for recovery. The recovery is also not gradual and easy, it has many ups and downs and is quite a rollercoaster. Hope Floats was a surprisingly real and honest movie that could depict many people's lives as they go through life's setbacks. The film has the impression of being a breezy and light romantic comedy, and this is far from the truth which may unsettle many, but for me I thought this was a fresh romantic film fueled by a good performance by Bullock.
Murderously angry. This movie is an insult to everything decent. Who wrote this nightmare?
The movie has a simple story, concentrating more on relationships but has many flaws.
The Good Stuff:
- Gena Rowlands: Her part and character was the best as the lovable mother. She gave a nice performance while the same cannot be said about the rest.
- Music: The music was cool. there were some good country tracks going on.
The Neutral Stuff:
- Sandra Bullock: I love Sandra, but I think here she was just OK not the Bullock we know who is full of energy but again not a bad performance either.
The Bad Stuff:
- Cinematography: I did not like the way this movie was shot. It did not appeal to me at all. A romantic family drama film should have a brighter cinematography. More vivid.
- Direction: The development of characters was weak. The film starts with Bullock getting a shock. even though you get to know how she used to be before the incident from the dialogue but again this was not enough to make you feel sorry for her. The direction was not good. You can feel it because it felt like there were so many missing things between the scenes.
Some Interesting Facts:
- This movie has generated over $81M of revenues at the box office.
Avoid it unless you are a die hard Sandra Bullock fan.
Final Verdict: To be Avoided
-Cinematography/Special effects: 30%
-Background Music: 60%
Overall: 43% ====> 40%
This movie tries to be many things but most of which is bland and confusing. The tonal shifts are jarring and the plot line is lackluster. Bullock does a decent job acting but at times it feels forced. Harry Connick Jr. is simply dreadful. His acting is wooden and honestly he comes across completely full of himself at times. He's just this slow talkin good'ol country boy that can make a girl laugh and feel good no matter what ridiculous line he drawls out. Mae Whitman, honestly, steals the show with her performance. Also, beware there are some heart wrenching moments that really make you feel terrible and just want to shut the movie off (the opening scene for instance). I highly recommend giving this film a pass. If you want to see Bullock in a romantic comedy then give the far superior "While You Were Sleeping" a watch.
Bullock is as always likeable and I enjoyed watching her (get drunk) trying to put her life back together again with the help of her eccentric taxidermy loving mother (Gena Rowlands) and a yummy (in an awkward sort of way) Harry Connick Jr. All the performances seem authentic and this doesn't really fall into romantic comedy genre (which may be why I like it). It's more of a family drama complete with all the tears laughter and love that incorporates. The small town atmosphere also really adds to this as her old classmates revel in seeing a former beauty queen taken down a notch.
The one standout performance here would have to go to the little girl playing her daughter Bernice, she is just fantastic. That scene towards the end when she runs after her dad crying "you want me" "take me with you" just kills me. Well that and Connick leaning up against his pick-up with a handful of flowers and 'those' Levis'. 12/7/14
This was all in all a feel-good movie to watch on a Friday evening when you just want to take it easy in front of the tv. It will be worth your while but there's not a lot to say about it afterwards. Some scenes could feel a bit cheesy but all the actors managed to do a great job.