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½ April 13, 2018


[Gus Van Sant]
Super Reviewer
½ July 27, 2016
A detestable and irritating indie film full of indie clichés from beginning to end, and it seems to exist only to test the viewer's patience and ability to endure a protagonist who is so selfish, immature, ill-mannered and obnoxious amid conflicts that are all artificial and ridiculous.
July 26, 2016
Portland looks so pretty in here. French nouvelle vague meets Americana. Expect walks in the cemetery, thrift shop clothes, old big haunted houses, Halloween nights, idling around railway tracks
September 20, 2015
Merely passes the time
July 14, 2015
Its plot is course but Mia's performance lights the movie. She was casted as a lead role in 'Alice in Wonderland' already but was not so much establish when shooting the 'Restless'. She looks dignified like Jennifer Lawrence as I saw her in the 'Winter Borne'. She must be a rising star.
Henry Hopper is a son of Denis Hopper. His performance is not bad as well as Ryo Kase who performs as a ghost of a Kamikaze pilot.
The movie's first-time screenwriter Jason Lew and co-producer Bryce Dallas Howard, a daughter of Ron Howard attended New York University together and it was there that Lew first wrote the story as a play. Howard, who had acted in plays with Lew, got a peek at the story and encouraged him to write it as a screenplay.
The movie is set in Portland and begins with 'Two of Us' by Beatles. It creates unique atmosphere with Mia's 60's European fashions. Thoughts of:
-a boy who cannot accept his parents' death
-a girl s who is given 3 months to live and
-a Kamikaze pilot who died without declaration of love
cross and they compliment each other and solve missing part. It's filled with young and fresh sensation.
½ May 26, 2015
A convincing on-screen couple gives us a look into grief.
April 30, 2015
I thought this was brilliant, so enjoyable, different..not ur usaul would beat fault it your stars any day, (theres 1 or so hours i will never get back!)
Loved it
January 17, 2015
Mostly morbid meditation on mortality
½ January 3, 2015
Love Mia W. As an aside, I too immediately made the parallel connection to "Harold and Maude". A movie audiences seemed to pass over with her was "Tracks" . If you enjoy her ,see her cross the desert with 3 camels. Liked it better than "wild".
She also had a great little part in "Lawless" another excellent movie that takes place in the prohibition era. Great reviews , not a great audience following.
½ December 20, 2014
Plot/Action: 5*
Acting: 4*
Cinematography: 3*
November 19, 2014
Hiroshi was my favorite character, I wanted to see more of his relationship with the characters.
October 11, 2014
This movie is like a mix of Harold & Maude and A Walk To Remember. An orphaned teenage boy named Enoch, who spends his days crashing random funerals, falls in love with Annabelle, a girl who's dying of cancer and wants to spend her days fulfilling her dreams rather than be in the hospital.

This film is unique because it both celebrates the clichés of movies like A Walk To Remember, and tears them down by doing its own thing. It's a film I feel is very underrated. It's not going to stand out as one of the greatest, but if you need a good Friday or Saturday night rental, you can't go wrong with this one. 8/10.
October 2, 2014
I thought this was a FABULOUS FILM. A very different and quirky film. I think Henry Hopper was superb in this film.
What a great actor he is! I truly hope he continues with his acting career.
July 11, 2014
A delicate, small, original tale.
June 9, 2014
People wrestle with criticism everyday. And every day, people also wrestle with death and losing someone they love. The critics didn't like this one, but I was appreciative of Gus van Sant's most heartfelt character study since Good Will Hunting demonstrating how to cope and focus on the things you'll miss about that person you love the most. Very Harold and Maude-esque but what's not to love about that...
June 9, 2014
Cute , sweet , nice ...
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ May 28, 2014
"There's talk on the street and the nation is worried, but you can't talk back when you're dead, when you're dead and buried, and everybody's restless!" Speaking of gay, Elton John fans, I present to you overdue evidence that Gus Van Sant, or simply not as busy as Mia Wasikowska, who was indeed pretty "restless" in 2011, unlike the handful of people who actually watched the films she did that year. I liked "Jane Eyre" and "Albert Nobbs", but they were way too dryly British for their own good, and this film is British-American, so it's not too much more exciting. Being that this is set in Oregon, I see that Gus Van Sant is finally getting back to visiting the old college stomping grounds, but looking at how "Paranoid Park" was co-French, and now this film, it would appear that Van Sant really got into hanging out in Europe when he did those blasted art films that were all the rage over there. I poke fun at "Jane Eyre" and "Albert Nobbs", but I think Van Sant was out of commission before this film for so long because he thought to put on the "Death Trilogy" and found himself just about bored, maybe not to death, but to sleep. Don't worry, people, because before this film was "Milk" which was adequately entertaining, or, well, at least good enough for you to kind of forgot about how Van Sant's entertainment value has been slipping over the past couple of years. Well, folks, this film ought to remind you, because it's not exactly "Milk" good enough for you to disregard its problems.

Light though it may be, gradual exposition does little to compensate for a disconcerting lack of immediate development that shakes the hook of the drama, as it is so light, at least to where, despite the worthy performances, it's difficult to get invested into a lot of the eccentricities which define the leads. If you find difficulty in getting used to the offputting characterization, you're sure to find difficulty in getting used to certain offputting dramatics, as this is an often improbable melodrama that is often genuine enough to resonate for what it is, and just as often too saccharine for comfort. If nothing else can be said about the histrionics, they're unique, and even then, it's only a matter of time before this often truly refreshing melodrama conforms, and such tropes are made all the more frustrating by their clashing with the unique attributes that, if undisturbed, could have made the effort more compelling. With that said, the film was never to be all that compelling, because as charming and moving as this dramedy gets to be, its story concept's weight is relatively light, almost bland in its minimalism, not helped by blandness to the interpretation. Even Jason Lew's script has bland issues in pacing, because even though the film dances around a runtime of only an hour-and-a-half, it still has a tendency to get caught up in repetitious filler whose dragging is really felt through dry spells in Gus Van Sant's directorial momentum. I joked about the film being kind of dull at times, but there really are more than a few boring spots to punctuate a certain consistency to blandness, deriving from conventions and pacing issues that betray what potential there is to a minimalist narrative. The final product is more forgettable than it ought to be, although I won't say that it falls as flat as many say it do, adequately endearing, at least as cute, even with, of all things, its soundtrack.

Combining delicate indie music sensibilities with some subtle notes from his own trademark whimsy, the great Danny Elfman composes a score that might not exactly be all that unique in general, but is unique for Elfman, whose light tastefulness, while lacking in flare and dynamicity, is lovely and complimentary to the eccentric charm of the film. Visual style further adds to the film's distinct flavor, with Harris Savides delivering on handsome cinematography whose dry coloration makes certain lighting all the more distinguished, and has plenty of opportunities to polish plenty of Oregon Autumn visuals that capture a sense of life in the middle of the fading of a chapter in life. For such an effective play on visual style, Gus Van Sant's direction deserves some credit, for although Van Sant is not as inspired in his thoughtful directorial style as he has been, when his classic meditativeness bites, it endears, whether it be making the light humor thoroughly charming, or making the more genuine aspects in the drama pretty moving, and complimentary to pretty worthy thematic depths. As I said earlier, the story, while not lacking in dramatic value, is lacking in narrative dynamicity, and on top of that, it's uniqueness is betrayed by conventional storytelling spots, though not obscured, because through all of tropes is a genuinely refreshing story with very valuable themes on embracing life and love, even when it begins to grow faint, that stand to be more haunting, yet are still done a fair bit of justice, by clever highlights in Jason Lew's scripting. Lew's characterization is particularly strong, betrayed by expository shortcomings and, well, histrionics, yet still unique and worthy, drawing a pair of intriguing, if overly eccentric leads who go brought to life by worthy lead performances. Everyone fills his or her part pretty well, but it really is the leads who really keep things going, with Henry Hopper nailing the awkward charm and eventual devastating emotional instability of an eccentric youth distanced from the world by loss and other personal demons, while Mia Wasikowska encompasses the subdued discomfort that defines an eccentric on the bittersweet path to death. Between these two leads is a chemistry that is just as sharp as the individual performances, making for leads who carry the dramedy, but not alone, because no matter how much potential is lost, and limited to begin with, there's something endearing about this endeavor that charms and moves adequately, if improvably.

When it comes time to rest, underdeveloped and eccentric characters behind a melodramatic, occasionally formulaic, slowly told and all around conceptually minimalist narrative render the final product forgettable, but not so forgettable that you can disregard the tasteful scoring, lovely visual style, tasteful direction, clever writing, and pair of worthy lead performances by Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska that, behind a story that is still refreshing and worthy in a lot of ways, drive Gus Van Sant's "Restless" as a charming dramedy with powerful moments, limited though they may be.

2.5/5 - Fair
February 18, 2014
A disrespectful movie that doesn't so much end as it does stop.
½ December 31, 2013
With a tighter grip on proceedings, one imagines Restless would have Van Sant troubling the Academy all over again. As it stands, it's a sweet, gentle film. I say RENT IT!!!
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