|Page 7 of 50:||               |
|Index||493 reviews in total|
First all I have to say I followed this film from the time they filmed the
party scene, because it was filmed here in Somerset. Really French!
I read the book last summer and the essence of the book is the magic. It's a fairy tale because of the magic, not just in the story but because of the story itself. I was worried that the magic would be lost when transfered to the screen. It wasn't. The whole film has kept the magical feel to it making this film a joy to watch. My only problem with the whole film (I can't believe I'm saying this), is a certain Mr. Depp. He sounded Irish but Roux wasn't Irish, or at least not that I remember. And Roux in the book had red hair. But despite that and the fact the large parts were missed out I loved this film. I have to add that the large parts missed out don't affect the story, unless you've read the book. I loved this film.
I have to just say, Judi Dench you were wonderful. And Hugh O'Conor, you were fantastic. Even in a skirt. I loved this film.
Did I remember to add I love this film. If you get the chance to watch this film do.
Know the madness . . .
This was such a great Movie. MMMMMM Good. We loved that Chocolat! So very
well acted. So very well narrated. The characters were so well developed and
portrayed. The struggles in life and with death were
are very deep and touching. Happy, angry, sad, and just plain
experience to be had by watching this movie.
It deserved to be an Oscar contender for many nominations.
Would hesitate to see again, or again...
This gorgeous and moving film has been unfairly compared to "Like Water For Chocolate," which was a completely different movie with a very different story. "Chocolat," on its own terms, then: a simple folktale about a mother and daughter compelled by their family legacy to wander from town to town, sharing love (in this case, symbolized by chocolate with a special ingredient) and bringing hope to people. It's a film about freedom, about inclusiveness, about release. The sheer beauty of every aspect of the film had me in tears, and I bought the sound track immediately after leaving the theater. I had to let go of expecting the characters to have complicated motives; again, this is a simpler film than that. I could relate to it, and I'm certain I'm not the only one. The question is: how has each of us blindly followed what we called our destiny without scrutiny? How are we avoiding freedom? The answer is not always as obvious as we might expect.
I loved this film and am sick of people dissing it because A. The accents are not authentic or B. cos it's not inn french! Who mentioned the fact that Quills was not in Frennch? Very few! It is important to note that the director of Chocolat wanted a mixture of accents to give the impression of differing identities. As for the language thinmg OK lets alol agree thast if ~Chocolat should be in French and be as authentic as possible the that other thing called Gladiator should be inn Latin and shouldn't feature an actor the sounds like he has just run in from the bush.... opppps I shouldn't even suggest that should I Gladiator was such accurate filmmaking a Crowe is such a fantastic actor.... and his rubber soled sandals.... from the Roman empire.... wher thay spoke LATIN!!!!
This movie is probably the best movie I have seen in about 5 years. This movie uses alot of comedy to represent a woman and her child spreading the taste of chocolate all over France. But the Mayor of this town thinks that chocolate is the taste of the devil. Your going to have to see this outstanding movie nominated for Best Picture to see the comediac ending of this film. Give a laugh or two and come see this film!!!
A difficult film to dislike, it strikes a nice medium between drama and
comedy - the kind of thing the French would have done very well. There's not
much to it, but it's put together so charmingly and the actors do such a
solid job, that you end up not minding that it spends perhaps a minute too
long at the end spelling out what its lesson is. If you can forgive this
little flaw, then it's a pleasant enough 2 hours.
The ensemble acting is wonderful (recognize the very scary dude from "Fargo"?), and Rachel Portman's music is perfect, as usual.
Of course, this is quite an airy souffle to be getting nominated as Best Picture, but - hey - that's the Academy for you.
I have two real addictions in life...women and chocolate. Juliette Binoche
is glorius. She is totally believable as a nomadic mother who dreams up the
most delectable chocolate creations but can't keep her legs crossed. Lena
Olin transforms a skittish kleptomaniac into a raving middle-aged beauty.
And Judi Dench does what she does best...ACT! The young priest, Hugh O'Conor
is wonderful to watch as he comes out of his shell. And Alfred Molina is the
stodgiest of mayors. Johnny Depp is the only really weak link in the entire
movie. He just kind of shows up and presents us with no real emotion at all.
Oh, how I wish I could say more, but almost anything else would give away
this delightful little farce. I laughed and I cried the whole time, often
My highest recommendation for a wonderful time is just to go see it. The small screen will never do justice to Chocolat.
I believe many people watched this only because of its Oscar contention. I
am not a huge movie fan and could not care less about Hollywood's popularity
contest, formally known as the Oscars. However, I did see this movie on the
big screen, right after work and really enjoyed it. It seems to me that
some people were expecting too much out of a fairy tale story. There was a
nice round of applause after this movie ended, so I'm sure I wasn't the only
one in the audience who appreciated a bit of escapism for about 2 hours.
This is a movie about people and chocolate. It's also a fable, in other words, it is not meant to be taken so seriously. Having been raised Catholic, I could identify with the restrictions put upon the villagers, and I don't blame them for sinning!!
As for the actors, the international cast ensemble is superb. Juliette Binoche is great as Vianne. I have never come across an actor/actress that completely captivates me the way Binoche does, I've even started watching her French foreign films. She definetely has movie star presence.
Lena Olin, Dame Judi Dench, Hugh O'Conor, Carrie-Ann Moss Alfred Molina, and the child actors do just fine in the supporting roles. Johnny Depp and the chocolates look really good on a big screen.
Sure this movie has its faults, no car crashes, nudity, profanity, etc. and doesn't really require people to think deeply. If this is what you need in movies, skip this one. I walked out of this movie with a light heart, knowing people can share different point of views and that Chocolat is still tempting and very sweet.
The fable `Chocolat' is a delicious treat by Director Lasse Hallstrom. This tasty story is about an engaging drifter who inhabits a constrained town and opens up a chocolat. Let's just say that her pastries would have turned Willy Wonka into Willy Bonka. Juliette Binoche, who has not acted since her Oscar winning performance in `The English Patient', was delightful as the chocolat owner. Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Alfred Molina also left a good aftertaste with their supporting work. So hurry up and take a bite out of `Chocolat' before it runs out! ***** Excellent
I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as did the other people in my group. It's a simple fable with a predictable ending, but we all got caught up in the mood and felt that we were friends with the quirky characters who live in the small French town where all the action takes place. Even the two children are enjoyable, not nauseatingly cutesy as one fears children might be in this type of film. Juliette Binoche is ravishing to look at and conveys the Mary Poppins-type quirkiness that carries the film. Alfred Molina is the reactionary, super-religious mayor of the town who tries to pressure Binoche into leaving, but his portrayal is sympathetic enough that he doesn't destroy the fable-like quality of the film. Johnny Depp is a charming river rat, and you also have two fantastic pros in Judi Dench and Leslie Caron. Go, and let the movie suck you into its sense of place and time and you'll leave the theater feeling that all is possible in life after all.
|Page 7 of 50:||               |
|Plot summary||Plot synopsis||Ratings|
|Awards||Newsgroup reviews||External reviews|
|Parents Guide||Official site||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|