I'm surprised at the negative ratings here. I thought this movie was pretty excellent. A timeless human story that never gets old. Certainly not your standard issue blockbuster, but a thought provoking well acted and crafted movie for the intelligent movie goer.
This is not worth 2 hours of anyone's life even if you don't have a life. It would have to be a pretty great homemade movie with basically a hand held camera to deserve rave reviews, and it has been done by talented newcomers in the past, but this is not that movie. This is like someone's attempt to turn his unhappy life into a movie.
It was confusing from several perspectives. I didn't think either of the beautiful black actresses could pass as white either now or in the 1920's. So, did the director intentionally cast 2 women who couldn't pass for white in the parts? If she had cast 2 black women that could pass for white, would the point have been lost or less impactful? Was the miscasting therefore intentional? Also, from a technical point of view, I felt I was watching a foreign movie that was dubbed. The voices don't match with the actors mouths. This drove me crazy. It is a movie that was much hyped and regrettably falls very short of the hype.
Matt Damon is very good and that's good because he's in the frame 90% of the movie so he's really carrying it here. But there just isn't enough story. What there is you follow thinking something profound will develop or happen but it never does. It's a small story and not enough to support a 2 hr movie or one's continuing interest. I was expecting a bit more from Tom McCarthy after his astounding 'Spotlight' but this movie isn't enough to deliver.
It's certainly not as good as the trailers promised. It's an average Hallmark level movie. Not very deep or interesting. The star of the movie is the scenery. You watch it hoping the characters will develop or the story will elicit some emotions but it simply doesn't. The story and characters are never more than cursory. Nothing about it shines.