"I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it.
Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.
I hold it as an item of faith that Rob Reiner is a gifted filmmaker; among
his credits are "This Is Spinal Tap," "The Sure Thing," "The Princess Bride," "Stand By Me," "When Harry Met Sally...," and "Misery." I list those titles as an incantation against this one.
"North" is a bad film - one of the worst movies ever made. But it is not by a bad filmmaker, and must represent some sort of lapse from which Reiner will recover - possibly sooner than I will."
I might remind you that this is from the writer of 'Beyond the Valley of
the Dolls', one of the worst movies of all time.
Many people disliked the movie, it's true, but I insist they simply
misunderstood it. The key to understanding it is hinted at in the opening
credits when we have a tour of the toys in North's room. All of the toys are
silly references to the places and people North will visit during his
adventure. It's only at the end that it is revealed that it was all a dream.
This is crucial information. It tells us that all the outrageous caricatures in
the movie were the product of the imagination of a naive kid. The film isn't
guilty of stereotyping- North is. All kids have a simplistic grasp of the world
and how it really works.
But the best part of the film is the skillful craftsmanship and first rate
production values. It looks great and all of the acting is outstanding. It
should also be seen for what it is, a children's movie.
Also of note: it's the movie debut of Scarlett Johansson at age nine; and
Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood later appeared together in 'Sin City'.
I think what drew me to watching this movie was seeing Elijah Wood (North) act as Tevye.
There is some witty humour in this movie, coupled with the cast should make this movie a classic.
From a philosophical point of view I think this movie speaks to all of us and the freedom we all obtain when we learn to appreciate our parents and realize that there is more to them then meets the eye...