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[Bancroft's parents come to visit him in hospital]
How are you son?
[goes to shake Bancroft's hand]
Oh put it away. He has no wish to be impressed with your wrestling grip.
[slightly thrown off his stride]
You're looking good...He is you know.
[quiet but angrily to his father]
She just insulted you...don't you care?
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If you looking for a feel good movie of the year, well of 1988 that is, heh heh, then look no further than Hawks. This movie is inspired by a true story. The movie has all the important components required for a good story, the actors too have done a commendable job and there is this elevating drama but the audience may hardly feel anything great about the film.
It seems the directors have missed out on something to leave viewer feel good in spite of so many good factors of the movie.
The story is all about (as the name suggests) by a couple a Hawks!, which are played by Timothy Dalton (Bancroft) and Anthony Edwards (Decker). Janet McTeer (Hazel) is a columnist writing about the Hawks in their natural environment and she dedicates her column to Bancroft and Decker and builds a rapport with them. Bancroft shoots up to fame and glory with Hazel's write-up. And due to Bancroft's mental ailment Hazel is de-motivated to write further. But Bancroft continues to soar high in the sky.
The mental sickness of Bancroft is depicted rather unconvincingly and probably the director was not quite sure of portraying this aspect in a rationale way. Bancroft's character is fluctuating and promiscuous but you may wonder how a good drama can be successful with such a loose element and this leads to a point when even Hazel's patience level is tested.
It is difficult to criticise the performance by Dalton who is portrayed to be jittery, perturbed and most likely he seems to be a schizophrenic. Dalton surely expected an award-winning performance but he is badly let down by the director and the screenwriter of the film and they fail to make a serious and sensitive film on Hawks and their environment. The movie has lost track in between these two aspects.
Still its quite a good watch.
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