Several times throughout this film I thought I knew what would happen next. I was repeatedly wrong. This film avoids so many cliches and, in the process, is quirky and lovely. While the details may be specific to these characters, the general experiences of illness, mistrust, love and loyalty are totally relatable. Plus, the four leads (Plummer, McGregor, Laurent and the dog) are all excellent.
I have to say that the movie did not do justice to this movie. I went in with very low expectations. Although, that probably is the best way for me to enter a screening of a Bronte or Austen adaptation.
This film also lucked out because I didn't have a chance to reread the novel. So the story in my mind is slightly convoluted with multiple other movies and the musical.
My biggest fears from the preview were Mia and what appeared to be completely over-the-top drama. Instead, I found Mia to be a great Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender to be... well, sexy as heck.
While the definitive version has yet to be made, this is a solid interpretation of the novel. They definitely ramp up the romance and, strangely, amp down some of the biggest twists and religious elements and skim over some major plot points. The ending was also far too abrupt.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
It was a great blend of quirky, real and heartfelt. It could have veered into The Blind Side land, but it stayed grounded. It was like The Blind Side meets Little Miss Sunshine. Great performances. Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan are a great duo.
This was a great relief after the awards season. I haven't laughed so hard in a while. It was everything I hoped it would be - gnometastic. Great voices. James McAvoy is the sexiest gnome voice ever. And the Elton John score cracked me up.