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The funny thing about this film is in the first 3 minutes I'm saying to myself, that's Cedric Diggory, being the ignorant American I am. But after the 4th minute I could see no one but Art, the lovable and pathetic loser who just doesn't know how to get a handle on his life because he has no one to validate his existence. His parents loath him, his girlfriend dumps him, and his new age therapist seems to need Art more than Art needs him in the end. I came home from seeing this movie at Slamdance and described it to someone as "my life, except 20 something, and a guy, and in London, but other than that, EXACTLY my life!" The people I saw it with at Slamdance didn't get it, but they had much more "normal" upbringings. Like I said, I loved this movie because I could identify so much with it, and at the same time it was almost unbearable to watch because I saw so much of myself, the parts I'd rather leave to my own past. I commend the cast and crew for a very funny and heartfelt movie, and recommend everyone watch it with an open mind. It may not be your life, but it was someone's.
I was one of the lucky ones to see this movie at Slamdance. I
absolutely loved this movie.
"This is not your typical Robert Pattinson movie. He doesn't play a good-looking, heart-throb. Robert plays Art, an insecure, confused, depressed, misfit who has no direction, no real social skills, and no support from his parents. His only love is music, but he sucks at that too. After the break up from his girlfriend, he basically looses it and has to move back in with his parents. This is his struggle to become "normal" so his parents and friends will accept and love him. He even goes to the extreme of hiring a self-help professional to help him. You will feel so sad for Art trust me! Don't get me wrong, this movie contains endless British humor to lighten the subject up.
A wonderful independent movie with a great message. A job well done for Robert Pattinson.
I attended the DC Independent Film Festival's screening of How To Be
here in Washington, DC.
I loved it! I like quiet little movies like this. It's all dialogue-rich, and location sets, and natural composition. I thought the casting was perfect: the characters were organic and realistic, other than Dr. Ellington (the personal therapist) who was supposed to be a caricature rather than a true character in the film. This gave it a subtly surreal dynamic, which I thought was a nice touch.
The script was great, IMO. I generally like good character sketches, though, so I suppose I could see people who are not interested in the same being less than thrilled with it. But I like the themes that Art brings to the story. They are typical and simple themes, like love, direction, family, friends, work, sadness, happiness. The characters are wholly irreverent and hilariously unique. For a very small film, this script is nicely fleshed out.
The direction, production, and editing were great! I didn't catch any mistakes. They had a thorough cinematographer, too. I thought the lighting was pleasing, and the sound was mixed/edited nicely.
And yes. Rob Pattinson's performance is stellar. For being a self-proclaimed "untrained" actor, he's got such a wonderful and daring on-screen presence. Art is pathetic...so freakin' pathetic. And Pattinson embodies him with such precise depth. His comedic delivery, his physical timing, his vocal performance; I swear, it's all flawless. He really reaches inside himself to find that space where depression and anxiety live, and he dives into the process of putting himself back together again. You really root for the guy, pathetic as he is. As Pattinson's fame swells exponentially in the coming years, this one will become a sleeper testament to his acting chops--teeny bopper vampire love stories be damned.
I also attended a viewing in Chicago (I was dragged along). I'm British
myself, I love edgy humor and good writing, I didn't find it here.
Virtually the entire audience were die hard Robert Pattinson fans, some even wearing the T-Shirts - I'd never heard of the guy before that day. I'm pretty sure he could have starred at a wall for 2 hours and still got 10 stars from a lot of people reviewing.
The whole thing is very amateurish, you can tell it's a festival kind of movie, and in this case it isn't a good thing. The comic timing is terrible which makes it really hard to laugh at anything, it was more cringe-worthy - although again, in a cinema full of Pattinson fans he merely had to make the slightest gesture and the place was filled with roars of laughter I was left just looking around in disbelief!
Good enough concept but an absolute fail on the execution side. I very much doubt this is going to find a distributor, as they see exactly what I see And with the same lack of bias (i.e. not being in love with the lead actor!)
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When the lights dimmed in the Canal Place Cinema, I didn't know exactly
what to expect. Within mere moments, I'd forgotten that I was in the
heart of New Orleans and found myself completely enthralled with the
opening words; a curious and heartbreaking monologue by the film's main
character, Art. By the time his face entered the frame, there was no
trace of "Robert Pattinson", there was simply Art, awkward and tender,
wholly befuddled by the biting world he attempted to navigate.
There is something so uniquely true to life about this film. It explored the murky themes of family bonds and the all-too-often lacks thereof, the lonely defeat of indecision and that maddening dance of knowing exactly who you want to be, but finding yourself completely eluded by how to be that person. Of course, just like life, even in the darkest of mind states there is laughter and those who stand by your side. Those who perhaps see that you are farther along than you'd have yourself believe.
What inspired me most was the theme of perseverance in the face of echoing fiascoes. And the beautiful depiction of the gritty truth that sometimes you must strip yourself down and let go of the familiar in order to clear the debris from your path. I've seen no better representation of this reality facet than that which takes place when Art finally decides to seize control of his personal veracity and his place here on Earth.
I've often described this movie as "perfect", an audacious description that I do not bestow lightly. The soulful direction of Oliver Irving serves as a magnifying glass over the raw and genuine performances of the superbly selected cast. Each actor brings his/her best to the table and seem to share with each other the exact notion of what the story is all about; breathing irrefutable life into this polished gem of an indie film.
The dynamic between Art, Ronny and Nikki was so natural and well-executed that I quite honestly forgot they were merely fictional friends in a film. Their ad-libbed endeavors were so flawless that a missed beat did not exist and undoubtedly added to the authenticity of their quirky, endearing friendships.
Johnny White had me rolling in the aisles as the quick-witted, flat-dwelling, nitrous-huffing Ronny. The best thing about his portrayal was the fact that he brought the funny in a big way without his character realizing just how amusing he was. Not to take away from his dramatic ability, however; for one of the most surprisingly downhearted elements of the film was his to bear.
Mike Pearce, who described himself as the epitome of the non-actor, shined as Nikki, the flamboyant go-getter who loved the ladies and brought some much needed lightheartedness to the trio of lovable misfits. I'm very much inclined to respectfully disagree with his humble self-assessment and look forward to seeing him on the big screen in the future.
Robert Pattinson's performance was above and beyond anything I could have imagined, and I went into this movie with high expectations for this role. Through him, Art came to life in a way that I've never experienced in a film and for 85 glorious minutes I shared his dolor, his elation, his anxiety and his laughter as though I was watching the story of someone I'd known my whole life. His approach to Art's graceless good intentions was one of exceptional skill that you seldom find in a relatively inexperienced actor.
Simply put, he is brilliant; a knowledge that doesn't really hit you until the credits start rolling when you remember that it was in fact Pattinson and not solely Art that you'd been watching and fervently routing for during the last hour and a half.
To bottom line it; this movie is a down-right hilarious journey through the dark struggles of a misshapen diamond in the rough. It left this movie-goer breathless, deep in thought and comforted by the true fact that sometimes we all need a little help and the best person for the job is ultimately yourself.
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How To Be is an independent film written and directed by Oliver Irving.
Humor and anguish are expertly integrated into the story of Art Freeman
(played exquisitely by Robert Pattinson), a twenty-something lovable
loser who feels that his life is less than it should be.
The movie follows Art along a path of discovery and maturity, both for himself and his life-long friend, the agoraphobic Ronny (a superb performance by Johnny White). Art spends his time working at a local grocery store and volunteering in an attempt to make something of his life; although his true passion is his songwriting and performing. When his girlfriend, Jessica (Alisa Arnah) dumps him he is forced to move back into his parents' house; a situation that is made more uncomfortable by his mother's (Rebecca Pidgeon) reaction that it was simply "a matter of time."
Art's self-loathing leads him to the self-help section of a bookstore. It is there that he finds his glimmer of hope when he discovers the book, It's Not Your Fault by Dr. Ellington (another great performance by Powell Jones). Not only does Art read the book religiously, but he spends his inheritance to bring the author to his home to personally help him through his life. As expected, comedy ensues. But along with the hilarity there is an ample amount of melancholy.
Art's parents are not the nurturing, loving parents that every child needs. He is a constant disappointment to them, and they make no qualms about telling him this. His seemingly unfeeling mother nearly collapses while trying to prevent him from hugging her! They offer him absolutely no support in his dream of becoming a musician.
Oliver Irving's creative mix of eclectic characters provides the audience with a wide variety of humor. The story is captivating and the acting is accomplished. It is altogether a brilliant film, worthy of the honors it has received.
And, from this reviewer's standpoint, if one wants to put an entire theater of women into a frenzy have Robert Pattinson say the line "I have an erection." Well done, Oliver!!
In my opinion, I thought this was a wonderful film for anybody who can relate. I've recently lived through this type of situation and the confusion, sadness and disjointedness Art feels trough out the film is all very... what word would be best to describe this... exact. Or almost. The film has been given the title of a comedy and, I agree. Though the production is more of a drama, you do have your sudden outbursts of laughter in those unexpected moments of comedic weirdness. I also appreciated the range of different actors in the film. It's in these types of movies you can actually see real acting talent. It's a must watch for any teen who is lost right now.
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Definitely an above average film. I went to the Chicago screening of
How to Be, of course Rob Pattinson (Art) drawing me in. I had no
expectations, just a free night to see what else this guy could do.
The movie did not disappoint. The story line and direction was great and I actually found myself feeling sorry for Art. Poor Art is somewhat of an insecure gullible, goofy guy who just wants to be validated. His mother calls him an "oxymoron". He reaches out to his friends who couldn't care less about his feelings.
His friends Nikki (Mike Pearce) and Ronny (Johnny White) are just as pathetic as he is. I thought Mike Pearce's character was a great complement to Art. His break dancing and skateboarding techniques cracked me up.
The movie was filled with quick one line zingers that will make you laugh out loud. Though I must say, the people in the theatre were crazed for Rob Pattinson. From the onset, one single move/word from Rob and the theatre was howling with laughter. I thought I was a fan, but when he had a line or even a simple shifting of his eyes people were so vocal. It was a bit distracting. So it is probably best the film is going to On-Demand so you can really appreciate the story line and all the other actors/characters in the movie.
Oliver Irving => great job on the writing, direction, casting, improv's. I will be looking for your future movies!
A young man is a psychologically mess... his girlfriend leaves him, he
doesn't mesh well with his friends, he loses his volunteer job. He
turns to the strangest place for help: a Canadian therapist who moves
in with him.
This is director Oliver Irving's first and only film, as of this writing. And it's a good one. It is an IFC film, and there's no denying it fits in that category alongside Wes Anderson films and perhaps "Garden State". This won't be as big, and with good reason, but thanks to Robert Pattinson's popularity, it will get more viewings from people who would otherwise never have heard of it.
I really enjoyed the therapist (who sadly appears to have passed during the making of this film). And Pattinson does a fine job as a whiny nerd. His character is incredibly annoying, but such a different one from "Twilight" or "Remember Me" that it gives me the sense that he just might have a bit of range inside of him and may someday break free of the Edward Cullen trap.
After spending some time in the UK I honestly thought I get British
humor. After watching this, I truly think I don't.
Although the movie is well produced, the character of Art played brilliantly by Pattinson, I found myself feeling mostly sorry for him and not seeing the funny part. I see the great job of all the people involved in the production but I can't say it suits my type of sense of humor. There were moments I smiled or half-smiled but never laughed at loud.
So, over all, I don't regret watching the movie, neither would I recommend it as a great, funny comedy .
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