Average User Score: 6.6Mar 17, 2013If the film didn't star Matt Damon I would have to admit, alas, that I would have dismissed it as an absurd sifi with philosophical pretensions. However, having finished my book and the plane's other onflight entertainment failing to pique my interest I decided to give this film a chance.
And I'm extremely glad that I did. The plot isn't too involved, nor did it have me questioning topics such as the profound meaning of life, alternate worlds, freewill, fate, destiny and such (although some people I know did feel that it questioned everything they did). However, while I watched the film I didn't think "oh what a silly plot" as it was clever enough to be entertaining, it possessed the capacity to hold you in suspense, it had action, and a certain underlying depth so that you felt connected to the characters as well as enough sentiment to be romantic without being gushy. The performance by both actors was extremely well, particularly the chemistry. I believe it was this that really brought to film alive and gave credit to the plot. The romance really did save this film. Generally with these genres when romance is added it's never well thought out and is a sort of byproduct carelessly thrown in. But in this film the chemistry between the actors really brings out the film's plot and supersedes the negatives.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Mar 17, 2013An enjoyable film. The film brought NY to love with many iconic places and of course is now a fashion and cult classic. And unlike Pretty Woman it wasn't all sparkly and fairy tale like.
Great performance by both actors. I'm glad they didn't use Monroe to portray a call girl. The film required an actress of has plenty of charm, class and is innocent but sophisticated in order for the audience to feel empathy and to avoid it being a gritty underworld overly dramatized fake-arty film. Sex appeal would not work.
By casting Audrey Hepburn one felt empathy for women like her. She gave the film charm, class and warmth. One didn't feel we were watching the life of a acquisitive woman but rather watching the plight of a friend. She gave the character an endearing quality that a sexy star wold not have been able to achieve. I'm also glad that there was some Tinsel Town visibility in the film's ending the actual ending of the book was far too gritty to make it a book worth reading. One doesn't always wish to be presented with the melancholy weakness of human beings. The want to shock and horrify by labeling it "realistic" can also become far too tried and stereotypical. Overall the film is quite sentimental that isn't all hard edge and has some substance. One felt the conclusion that love, even if in a non-glamorous small flat in NY, is preferable to living as a mistress in South America as a rich man's illicit plaything.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Mar 17, 2013a pathetic man's fantasy combined with tricks to convince commercial retards that they're watching an intellectually challenging drama full of culture. Overly dramatic, poorly scripted,a used up ridiculous plot and zero entertainment. It was like watching a cheap street drug addicted prostitute wearing plastering cosmetics in her effort to look beautiful. Or college kids wearing trendy glasses, woolly scarves and holding a copy of War and Peace whilst secretly reading Twilight.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Mar 17, 2013Juvenile, awful directorship, an unfortunate use of 3D (incomparable to Ang Lee's use of 3D Life of Pi) which gave me a terrible headache. The woeful attempt at homour was absurd.
Unsophisticated with banal motivational lines about believing blah blah. The actors possessed little acting skills, with perhaps the exception of Michelle Williams who managed to portray a tolerable (but not exceptional) Glinda and Rachel Weisz (who wasn't at her best). James Franco's Oz was extremely annoying and if that's what the director hoped to achieve then he accomplished this feat extremely well. However, the dangers of manifesting the egotistical, greedy and seedy characteristics of Oz without any charming offsetting traits has its disadvantages.Consequently, I felt no empathy with any of the characters with the exception of Theodora (despite Mila Kuni's poor performance) one managed to garner some understanding relating to her hatred of the Wizard (however, I attribute that due to my own feelings of contempt towards him). This film has not lived up to its exceptions but I blame Disney for appointing a terrible Director. With a huge budget it could have done so much more.… Expand