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    ...perhaps too "epic film" forced?
    "The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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    Sometimes it's distracting when a film has Oscar written all over it. I get irritated when filmmakers kind of swagger in and plop a movie on the table and go "Eh? Ehhhh? Pretty good, no?" I liked Slumdog Millionaire in a way because it was humble and didn't have thumbprints all over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Sometimes it's distracting when a film has Oscar written all over it. I get irritated when filmmakers kind of swagger in and plop a movie on the table and go "Eh? Ehhhh? Pretty good, no?" I liked Slumdog Millionaire in a way because it was humble and didn't have thumbprints all over it.
    I agree. Most of my beloved movies don't fall under Oscar categories. A movie is a personal experience for me, and I like ones that give me something new, a new perspective, or just take me on a great ride. I can't relate to this movie. I can't relate to Slumdog Millionaire, to be honest thought it was hokey and silly. The last great movie I've seen was The Prestige, and I don't think that won anything.



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    I liked the hokiness of it. It was innocent.

    Plus now I can say "WHO WANTS TO BE................................................ .................................................. ............................. A MILLANAIRE!" and I'm very thankful for that.
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    I'm good at judging movies by their trailers, so I didn't see it.
    I don't wanna!

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    just saw this today. i was hesitant because i didn't want to feel bad and i don't so that's good.

    i liked it. it will probably continue to grow on me but in case it doesn't i want to pick up the book.

    life isn't always rosey and this story isn't shy about enlightening those of us who may be unfamiliar with unhappiness.

    my take on april is that she isn't happy with the life she has chosen and tries to get frank to run off to paris in order to jump start the passion again. he's bored but fuck, who doesn't get bored? he sees the bigger picture when he gets promotion and more $$$ and tries to get her on board with this.

    the mental patient (who is cathy bates grown son in the movie) is spot on. he tells them like it. i loved when he said, "I'm glad I'm not gonna be that kid!" when referring to april's unborn child. he was right.

    the end was unfortunate but the very end was classic. *grin*

    i'm not much for going to the movies and sitting in a nasty theater with strangers other than when my arm is twisted by the kids so i missed seeing this which is cool because i preferred watching it at home. i will make the husband watch it this weekend and see what he thinks. we have both often thought of "better" places to live and are we living life to the fullest so he may not hate it. i think april needed to see a shrink as frank suggested and had she been given a good antidepressant, would have been fine. oh well such as life.

    Kate Winslet was gorgeous in it. Neither of them felt as though they fit in. Maybe they were both intuitive? At the end Frank moved to the city to fufill his need for "different". Had April listened they would have survived. the book will probably fill in some missing parts and complete the story.

    young, unmarried people without kids won't get much of the story line so if thats you, i'd skip it.
    Time is a delicate mistress.

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    The movie poorly translates the plot of the book and loses the subtlety of the characters, their quiet, private fight within themselves for a life that has meaning. After reading the book I just wanted to be alone with the two main characters and turn their decisions and actions over in my mind. I like a book that is not so clear in what is/isn't wrong or right. I like the gray areas; infinitely more interesting.

    After seeing the movie, I felt it just hit me over the head with its obviousness. Their interpretation of the book's plot just saddened me.
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    From up and down and still somehow
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    I really don't know life at all

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    I just saw this tonight. I don't read much anymore; I am a slow reader, and so I can get through many more stories by watching movies than reading books. Also, I can get through a movie in one sitting, whereas the only book I have ever managed to read in one sitting was The Hobbit, when I was young.

    I had trouble deciding whether the director wanted me to feel that Frank, or April, was the "bad guy," or whether they were both the bad guy, or whether neither was the bad guy. At first, I felt that the movie might be subtle, but it turned out to not be as subtle as I had first assumed. There wasn't much meat to the characters. The brief scene portraying the origin of their relationship at the start of the film is a hint of how much character development really goes on in the film. I did think that the fight scene at the end was potent. In the end, the film and characters were not "rooted" enough in anything for my tastes. For example, there wasn't enough of Frank's job shown to justify his boredom with it. There wasn't enough of the marriage shown to justify April's actions. Too much was assumed. Don't get me wrong; I'm a big fan of starting in the middle of the story with quite a few assumptions, and I write stories that way myself, but the assumptions have to play themselves out in the characters and story and I just didn't feel that I could backtrack to extrapolate these assumptions.

    I do think that Kate Winslet did an outstanding job of portraying a character in fear of ceasing to exist; fairly spot on...

    Overall: solid, good film but not great.
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
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