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Bottom Line: You don't have to travel back to 1997 to enjoy this gem!
Haven't seen this, and think that it wouldn't pack the same punch compared to almost 20 years ago?
I recently re-watched this (yay to teletext!) when it aired in one of the local network channels --- and was delighted to catch some lines I missed before. I did expect the scenes with Will and Sean to be as poignant.
Seriously, I can't think of other films of that era that have aged well.
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Bottom Line: I think I would have enjoyed this film more if I attempted to deconstruct it (listen to the score, sound cues, attempt to convert a scene into a pages of a screenplay..).
Having left my 'angst-y days' behind me --- I might have tuned out during the sections of the film when Ellie was stuck with what was happening in her life. Then when I was paying very close attention, I was looking at scene photography.
I know it's not as heavy (or tragic!) as 'In The Bedroom', it's just my way of picking something to watch (or continuing on) is for motivation or inspiration. So mostly what I go for now (aside from the film having to be rated 'M' or below) are films that have an element of hope in it...that can grab me by the hand and be able to hang on to me until the end.
This did...and somehow...even gave me the idea to watch it again...closely while deconstructing it. Well...that's something! That's why I gave it 3 stars out of 5.
Note: feel free to reach out to me (wondernotenvy.wordpress.com/contact) for a copy of my time-stamp review of this film (or score cue notes!). I do recommend you see the it first, but if you already sure that it isn't for you based on what I've wrote (whoa! The trust! Hehehe) --- I'm okay with that.
Bottom Line: Only watch if you are an optimist. Or at least the kind of person that'll give Dwayne Johnson another chance (if you saw any of his previous movies...and didn't make it through the first 15 minutes).
I'm glad I didn't see the rating of this flick (you could tell I have a difficult time calling it a film --- being that it seems to fall under the 'popcorn-blockbuster' genre). I gave it a chance because I came across videos of Paul Giamatti and Archie Panjabi talking about it. The premise, not that interesting --- maybe because I am all 'watched out'...movies like 'Twister' or 'The Day After Tomorrow'.
I watched until the end because of how the pacing was (including any suspenseful elements --- which were crafted well). I didn't expect it to have me at the edge of my seat. Okay, I'm not admitting that it doesn't have the brilliance of Inception or Source Code. It didn't pull me enough to sit through the whole thing in one go (I think I watched in blocks of 30-40 minutes). What it did do was make my day when I noticed how much Dwayne Johnson's acting has improved (If you got yourself an acting coach Dwayne...he/she has done a good job!) compared to when I last caught him in the Pacifier (though I only managed to last 15 minutes) .
If you think this a bit like when Frances McDormand said yes to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, In a way yes. Because Giamatti doesn't get as much screen time as other cast members.
Note to Parents and Carers: feel free to reach out to me (wondernotenvy.wordpress.com/contact) for an in-depth chat to see if this could fit as something to queue up for your movie night with the young ones!
This makes me want to see how the Pixar team would handle a cat version of Dug. :)
Okay...not really a version. A cat with a thought collar.
I used to give so much weight to the ratings on rotten tomatoes, basing my viewing list on films that have a rating of 70% or more. Now I know that I'll likely end up with a mixed bag.
'La délicatesse' is a good example of a film that I'd rate slightly higher (85%) than what is currently on there (63%).
I do wonder if a lot of those watching every film Audrey Tautou did After 'Amélie' expected a gem every time. I certainly did. It was definitely tempting to skip the film after the intro (I much prefer the SBS summary than IMDB), thankfully I didn't!
It is about grieving properly then moving on. There have been countless articles about loss and dealing with it appropriately. For example, a book from the Mars/Venus series (I know! Quite off putting. Though...give it a chance. Despite sentences seemingly being repeated...it does give nice advice on approaching grief) talks about the different kinds of loss. 'La délicatesse' does deal with one specific loss instead of grief in general.
I found after getting to more than halfway through the film, I found myself with unending tears. It was around the point when Markus sprints away a second time! The kind of reaction I had probably should give me a hint to look at any unresolved grief in my life...
Then after deciding that I like the film, it got to a point where I felt like it was going to take a sharp turn. Like the second half of 'Everybody's Fine'. Thankfully it didn't, and I ended up finding my favourite scene of the film during one of the montages (it was the one with Markus and Natalie sitting silently). As if signalling that Natalie's grief is over and she is finally able to move on.
If you're trying to get a feel for the film --- it is more in the flavour of 'Les émotifs anonymes'. Quirky, but too out there like 'Mood Indigo' or 'The Science of Sleep'.
Soundtrack Swap: As Natalie showed Markus the place where she and Francois grew up --- the song that could have been playing in the background could easily have been 'Ghost Train' (Adam Duritz emotionally singing the words: "Hey...how, do you do?").