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What a film! I think that Spike Jonze really tapped into something that is so current and relevant to so many of us today; that need to utterly and completely connect, "be connected", to someone or something at all times. To have the permanent gratification of reassurance right there, at the touch of a button.
Set in the not-too-distant future, this film is brilliantly written and well cast. It is highly deserving of the awards it has won because it is one of those films that stays with you.
Very much worth watching. I am curious to see how it compares to "Lucy", which is of a similar ilk, and also on my watchlist.
What an absolutely gorgeous film. The public and critics all seem to agree that this animated Irish fairy tale is something special.
Written and directed by Tomm Moore, this is the tale of Ben and his extraordinary sister, Saoirse. Ben resents his little sister; after all, it was on the night that she was born that he lost his mum forever. Their father is broken and bitter, and their granny just wants to move them away from their beloved seaside home. Locked within a chest of secrets, however, is Saoirse's coat and birthright. With fresh understanding, Ben tries to help his sister heal the wounds of the past. Only by freeing the unspoken emotions which poison our souls, can all be put to rights.
The animation in this film is superb. I found myself exclaiming aloud about how moving the artwork was all throughout the film. The entire family was captivated. My husband, Adam, didn't even fall asleep! If you're looking to break away from Disney on your next family film night, I recommend this one. I adored it.
This film had definitely passed me by when it premiered in 2006. I decided to watch it based entirely upon the fact that it starred Alan Rickman, and didn't really expect much after reading the tv guide's synopsis. Surprisingly, I found myself genuinely satisfied with the production as a whole.
Alan Rickman is perfect for the role of Alex, an unassuming man with a shady past. Sigourney Weaver, cast as a high-functioning autistic woman living in a small town, proves much more dynamic and flexible as an actress than I have ever seen her before. Directed by Steve Cosens and Marc Evans, this story, while emotional, does not dwell upon the ordinary stages and responses to grief. It finds it's balance in those tricky spaces that exist in between, and that is what I found both masterful and enjoyable.
I doubt that anyone will be surprised to hear that the book is much better than the film. Yet, even with the many changes brought about by writer/director Jason Reitman, it is still an incredibly interesting story about complex characters and what it means to really trust someone with your love.
I really disagreed with the casting of Josh Brolin as Frank. To me, Frank was more of a brutish man in appearance; making his domesticity even more of a contrast. I pictured a sort-of Vin Diesel when reading the novel. Kate Winslet, on the other hand, was perfect for the role of Adele. She has that ability to be both plain and beautiful, both ordinary or extraordinary; as we saw in The Reader.
The critics accuse the film of being "slow-paced" and "going nowhere". For a novel like this, where much of the "action" is inside the head of a teenage boy, it lies with the director to bring it all to life. Though Reitman has definitely shown talent before, he didn't hit his stride with this one. If I had watched the film before reading the book, I wouldn't have bothered; I would have walked away a contented viewer, but I would never have engaged with the story the way I did with Maynard's text.
Disney seems to be churning out these Tinkerbell movies in a neverending production-line of inexpensive, CGI spin-offs; and it's easy to see why when the children remain so enchanted.
This particular Tinkerbell film focuses primarily upon the animal-helper fairy, Fawn; and it was an effective way of refreshing the formula. The Neverbeast was a lovely idea; and appealed to my kids, who love the Gruffalo and other "monsters". It's a cute story, with a solid moral; but definitely not as riveting as some of the other children's films that we have watched recently. There's stiff competition out there, but I don't think Disney's intention is to win any awards with the Tinkerbell movies. Still, this one is sweet, if simple.