New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. Written by
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What if, once upon a time, there were no stars in the sky at all? What if the stars are not what we think? What if the light from afar doesn't come from the rays of distant suns, but from our wings as we turn into angels? Destiny calls to each of us. And there is a world behind the world where we are all connected, all part of a great and moving plan. Magic is everywhere around us. You just have to look. Look. Look closely. For even time and distance are not what they ...
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I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong with this film. The music is incredible. The cinematography top notch. The special effects are completely adequate. The actors and actresses are some of the best in the business.
So why was I completely bored by this film? For one thing, the production standards are way too high and not aligned with the story, which should have been a lot more HUMBLE. It was a bit like a glitz-ed out version of a Dickens tale. Like seeing a film of Oliver Twist with customized full resolution copyrighted "dirt and grime" to show how poor the lad was.
The other aspect of this film that was dreadful was the script, which switched back and forth between the narration of the book and the actual scenes the whole time. It got old really fast, and it didn't help that the editing was a disjointed mess, an assault on the senses that could be seen as exciting or annoying. For me, it was annoying.
I don't think I need to get into the wooden two dimensional performances of the actors and actresses in this film. Aren'e we tired of Colin's eyebrows yet with their three positions of happy, sad and angry? And Will Smith? WUT?
If you love epic fluff then you will be in heaven with this film. Collect the soundtrack and the action figures and read the book *which wasn't so great if you ask me). But don't expect anything innovative here. It is a dead end.
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