The Magic of Belle Isle Reviews
And think god he didn't move to mexico in the end.
If you set the "mind" clock down to 11-26. You will probably appreciate the movie a bit more.
The movie is around the idea of imagination and trying to communicate in a "literature" sense of the character.
The background of "cowboy" fantasy, might not be the most effective "theatrical" expression by the people whom study such.
But the rebirth of his writing was an interesting one, and the communication was for the kid and the lady.
And it captures almost any writer implicit or explicit aware of it in the minds of people.
Unless you are solely writing for personal record.
But if there is a reason to write for "personal record", its probably because scared that self will forgot something important. Hence, the writing is for a less perfected and memorable self.
Doubting what is in Isle Belle island, the craft of theatrical work its poor, I totally agrees that.
Even the three daughter's role, is crafted in a way that's predictable after the older girl picks up the diary.
It tries to resolve and establish a way for the viewer to untangle conflicts between the characters and merge a "happy ending".
But I don't think is wrong, it just that you can only sandwhich so much within a 2 hour movie.
Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a stubborn, alcoholic ex-writer who is spending his summer at a rent-free home in a place called Belle Isle. He's lost his wife (to cancer) and his will to do anything with his life anymore. Much to his initial dislike, he befriends a single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her three daughters, one of which, Finnegan (Emma Fuhrmann), takes an interest in his writing. Over the course of the summer Finnegan and her mother change his outlook on life.
This is a predictable story. One that gives you an 'oh, yeah, it'll go like that'-moment sometime in the first 15 minutes. And you will be right. But in this case it doesn't matter. Freeman's slow transformation is fun to watch and even at Monte's worst moments, you'll love this character. The lead opposite Freeman is Fuhrmann, who does a much better-than-average job of portraying the young and curious girl that provokes Monte enough to start turning around.
The production of the movie is solid. Thanks to Reed Morano's great cinematography, this movie breathes a consistent, strong atmosphere, which adds to the pleasure of watching as the 1 hour and 50 minutes roll by.
Pros: Keeps you entertained, even though you know how it's going to end.
Cons: Not spectacular, predictable