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This movie surprised me. We all went expecting to be only slightly entertained but we were fully engaged and left, all expressing amazement at how good this film truly was. In fact, I saw it again a couple of week later. The trailers give the impression it is scary. I took a 5 year old and he never once was fearful. It truly is not scary at all. The story is good, the images capture your attention and the pace moves right along. If you haven't seen it at the theaters, definitely rent the DVD. It will suprise you for sure!… Full Review »
Did I hesitate giving this film a 10? Not one bit. It's been a very long time since I fully expected the theater audience to burst into applause. The last time that happened was at King's Speech and honestly, the audience was having a similar reaction to this film They laughed, gasped, and fully engaged with the characters. This, reader of my review, was a Story (!) There was a Plot (!) And it utterly and 100% carried the film all the way to the end. Not once did I want to leave my seat and even if I did have that app called 'Go Pee' I doubt I would have wanted to miss even one moment of the story.
Helen Mirren does a fully convincing job as snooty French restaurant owner and while I suspected the outcome of the script, I enjoyed every spoken sentence, every scene of food preparation, and every visual stimulation that can only come from a France film location.
This type of movie is why we spend $12 per movie ticket to still go to the theaters. I walked out, smiling, enjoying the memory and anxious to share the news with friends. And I also could not wait to see the film again. That in itself is a great indication of an effective theatrical effort. Bravo to everyone involved in this film And thank you (picture all caps since the site won't allow all caps). What a refreshing and novel film! I can't wait to go again and share this story with friends. And I would actually purchase it on a DVD. Again, thank you and if you are reading this review, go see this movie. If you appreciate a solid, entertaining story with good acting and a heart warming plot, then your money and time will be well spent.… Full Review »
In the book Brain Rules, the author states that in order for our attention to be in full engagement, we need a re-set every 9-10 minutes. Anything works - a laugh, a cry, a shock, fear. Some sort of emotional shakeup to re-grab our attention. After the initial novelty of the aging actors wore off, say...at about 30 minutes into this film, I fell into a numbing state of boredom that lasted until the end of this very. long. movie.
I began to wonder about dinner, my plans for the following day, just what was that weird smell in the theater... But most of all, I wondered, "For the love of gawd, when would this movie ever end??" I kept glancing at my watch, shifting in my seat, wondering if my companion was feigning interest (she was). The story was just boring. A boy, his mom, his sister, school, family matters, driving, girl issues...sure the acting was good, it was interesting to note the various facial changes as the younger actors aged, but that just wasn't enough to carry the movie. This movie has cured..totally cured me of following the advice of the professional movie reviewers.
Movies are suppose to entertain. If I walk out thinking I would never, ever want to endure a film again, then in my opinion, it didn't accomplish what it set out to do. King's Speech or Hundred Foot journey...those were two great films where the story carried the plot along at a nice clip and kept me engaged. Boyhood contains good acting but plan to be bored after the first hour.… Full Review »