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The Namesake Reviews

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½ October 5, 2013
OMG. totally loved it. its one i could watch over n over n over n over n over n over.....
September 29, 2013
I saw The Namesake. I had recorded it from the Sundance Channel. It is about a family whose mom and dad immigrated here from a town with rich cultural and religious traditions. The main protagonists are the mom, who ages in the film from approximately 20 to 50, and her son (the older of her two kids). Its a delightful (though not without very sad moments) coming of age story for both the mom and her son, with the immigration occurring in the 1970s and the town from which they immigrated being in India. Even though the family is Indian, I bet you will be saying, "That's us" or "Just like what happened to me." There is even a moment when the dad essentially asks (while knowing the answer) the mom, (and echoing the question posed in the great American musical "Fiddler on the Roof,") "Do you love me." A beautiful movie. I give this movie a 10.
September 23, 2013
It's an interesting story for a movie that can get really slow if you don't give it the proper attention. Similar to the Perks of Being a Wallflower, it has less of a plot and more of the feeling of "a snapshot in the life". The depiction of the struggle of cultural identity seems real and genuine, but the lack of a solid plot made the whole thing fall somewhat flat for me.
September 21, 2013
Rambles a little bit after the halfway mark, but enjoyable nonetheless.
½ July 5, 2013
A beautiful, absorbing and very touching film about the journey of immigrants through America. It captures a well-realized subject matter that deals with strong themes such as family ties, relationships and origins. Mira Nair, the director, takes a highly realistic approach and the result is one of the most grounded-in-reality films ever. The performances from the entire cast are brilliant, especially Irrfan Khan and Tabu. These actors make the viewer believe in their situations and inner conflicts, further delving him/her into a simple, yet powerful story about life. It isn't easy to capture countless decades of a family's life in film, however, what Mira Nair manages to accomplish here is more than just plausible. Its the feeling of knowing that life is a rocky road, consisting of many challenges and opportunities that appear on a regular basis. The movie wonderfully shows that what it comes down to is how a person deals with all of these situations in order to live a better life.
June 29, 2013
Despite its awkward set-up & too straight forward story-telling, quite satisfactory indeed.
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June 15, 2013
"The Namesake" is an emotional, heart-wrenching film filled with beauty and subtlety. Mira Nair obviously feels very close to the source material because her direction suits it perfectly. As well, the cast is quite exceptional. Kal Penn is solid in the lead role, but the real strength comes from Irrfan Khan and Tabu in their supporting performances. They will break your heart.
½ May 18, 2013
very badly plated and served
½ May 9, 2013
This is a pretty misleading movie. I thought it was going to be about Gogol, but instead it was about his parents.
April 27, 2013
A really good effort from Mira Nair that is brought down from being as masterful as it could have been by major pacing issues.
½ April 23, 2013
A beautiful adaptation from a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the most compassionate writers of the migrant experience. If you identify with being displaced in between cultures, read Lahiri and check out the movie.
April 16, 2013
2: The Namesake has a plethora of very poignant moments (often revolving around death, birth, marriage, or other similarly life changing events), but it ultimately fails as a film. I'm not sure if this is more Nair's fault, the writer's, the producers, or the actors, but I suspect it's some combination of them all. The script is just too clunky, awkward, and forced at times. Emotionally forceful scenes like those revolving around the discovery of an affair, a death, a funeral, etc need to flow naturally, but here it often feels like they are smashed together into an unwieldy jigsaw puzzle of sorts. The concept and trajectory is superb and often fascinating, but this filmmaking team doesn't seem to have the requisite skills to pull it off. This is terribly sad because I can imagine this story working to perfection in the hands of Jean Renoir, Clint Eastwood, Danny Boyle, Martin Scorsese, etc to name a few random directors that relate to the story in my mind for one reason or another. The story is just too grand and ambitious for its own good. It attempts to follow one family's immigration to the US and the impacts this and a name has on their lives (and everything in between) and it just can't hold itself together.
April 14, 2013
This film focuses on a couple from Bengali that lives by Hindu traditions and has come to embark on a journey to a life of the America way. Ashamed Falls in love with her husband that was chose for her which is Asoka. Ashore and Ashima move from Calcutta to Queen New York.

Born two children (boy and girl) America son Gogol from an Indian Immigrant. It was only thru their burley there son go gal is caught between his Indian roots and his America birth right. Gogol wants to fit in among his New Yorker friends despite his willingness to let go of their traditional ways. His sister Sonia did her own thing. Gogol didn't like the name his father gave him and wanted to know why he was given that name. It was through Gogol and his sister's journey they both encountered conflict and heartache. They endured college, snobbery work, culture issues, they meet potential partners, marriage divas and experience sadness and joyfulness.

Gogol begin to see the link between the world his parent left behind and the new world that lies in from of him. The way that the movie relates to religion is that of the Hindu belief there associated with multiplicity gods and does not devote the worship of one particular deity. There spiritual practices is prescribed to as a person that should be able to correspond to his or hers competence and that a person should have the freedom to choose of invent a form of Brahman that satisfies his or her craving send to make it the objects of their worship the Hindu enjoy freedom of worshiping their personally chosen icon is to offer their pray to the indefinable Brahman.

This film focuses on Indian culture and the power and full of a family that movies from Calcutta to Queen New York a family that has to adapt to a life in America they has two children (boy and girl) they grew up only to realize that there identities' would cause them both conflict and heartaches, this family endures many different events such as work the different in peoples ways the meeting of partners, marriage and sadness and joy surprise as their life journey progress.

I recommend this movie because I feel there are a lot of people who is trying to find themselves between the many different culture.
½ April 5, 2013
i think i like the book more than the film itself. that's just like what people say. books are usually a lot better than the movies in capturing the characters' deep emotions.
½ March 28, 2013
undoubtedly one of the best film of 2007. unforgettable film. nice work done by tabu and kal penn....
February 10, 2013
Although lacking emotional intensity in parts, this is one of the best films about family, heritage and identity to hit the big screen in ages.
½ January 19, 2013
This film was decent but nothing incredible, The book is so much better and I think Kal Penn was a bad casting move for this film.
January 6, 2013
great book adaptation.
January 4, 2013
"The Namesake" is a poignant film, based on a wonderful work of fiction, and it is never anything other than faithful to its source material. The cast are by and large, superb. Kal Penn does really well as the central character, Gogol, portraying the character as a confused, vulnerable, and multi-layered young man who ultimately learns to become comfortable in his own skin. As for his parents Ashok and Ashima, they bring a mix of loneliness and pathos to their roles as people who cannot let go of their past but are prepared to sacrifice everything for their future. It is this ordinariness is what makes their characters so credible and sympathetic. The movie commences in India with Ashima, a young girl in India, introduced to a prospective husband, Ashoke. (She decides she likes him after standing in his Western shoes outside the door.) They marry and she is taken to the wintery U.S. to live in initial isolation. What ensures is a touching examination of the universal themes of loneliness, custom, identity and finding one's place in the world are the ensuring themes. Despite cramming a story spanning 30 years into its running time, the film is well-paced, beautifully shot and lyrical. The movie captures the hustle and bustle of India, in contrast to the loud, vibrant and colourful life to a lonely, cold, and snow-white U.S. New York is breathtaking.
December 27, 2012
No thanks. not interested.
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