|Paramount Pictures | Release Date: December 22, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
As with so many recent literary adaptations, it was the writing that was the art, not its infrastructure of plot and character.
Haunts the conscience, troubles the spirit.
Something of Angela's Ashes does gets lost in translation -- mainly, its fiercely funny voice.
If Parker had aimed more at capturing the author's unique voice, and worried less about getting the details right, his movie might have been extraordinary as well.
Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering.
Parker has honored the core of the work and in the process turned a great memoir into a memorable movie.
At times an uneasy mix of cold-eyed neorealism and soft-headed sentimentality, but after its initial struggles it presents itself as a moving film, made with loving craft, a painterly eye and luscious language.
I didn't want it to end. I could have easily sat there for another two-and-a-half hours to find out what happens next.
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