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I read Charles Dickens' novel a long time ago, so I knew from the outset who
Finnegan's benefactor really was and how the tale would end. But this did
not detract one iota from the pleasure I gained from watching this movie.
Ethan Hawke seems to have a flair for the love-torn traveller role and
excelled in this movie. Gwyneth Paltrow was heaven to behold (as always) and
Anne Bancroft and Robert de Niro were wonderful in their supporting
characters. I am sure these actors are only the tip of a very creative
machine - even this exulted cast could produce such a masterpiece
I will not watch this movie again for fear of the magic I have experienced this evening being ruined.
What this really tells me is that modern-day storylines are so incredibly weak compared with those created in a time when movies were unheard of and the novel was the main source of literary escapism available at the time. This is our loss.
The points of this movie are fairly straightforward, namely, extreme
pornography is bad, how would you feel if your daughter was abused by such
people and absolute power corrupts absolutely (oh yes, and if you're bald,
fat and wear spectacles then you are very likely to be involved in this sort
of stuff (!)).
These well-worn tenets aside, this movie has very little to offer. Given that Nick Cage is in control, the ending is predictably obvious and all the less satisfying for that.
I recommend waiting for it to be shown on AMC or TNT (all the same violence but with those pesky swear words taken out).
Demi Moore's character in the movie was selected for the SEALs because of
her looks. That was a bad start and the movie went down from there. The plot
was totally unbelievable. The will to make it in a tough military unit is
not enough. This movie did not convince me of a woman's physical ability to
perform the types of tasks required.
Trying to pretend that women and men are basically the same is an insult to everyone's intelligence. The differences between the sexes are what makes life interesting.
This movie is revolting, hysterical, thought-provoking and desperately sad.
It doesn't have the depth of the book (sorry to appear pretentious) and the
plot doesn't explain the title (actually a reference to Renton's father who
was drop-out drunk who didn't recognize his own son, and wondered if he was
at the station late at night to do some trainspotting). Whether this teaches
any kid to stay off drugs is debatable (kids always know better than
everyone else (that's how you can tell they're kids)). This is more a
fanciful social comment than a warning.
Great nonetheless - the CDs are great too (did I mention the book?)
Social comment about the sad lot of the northern English working class may
not seem the basis for a great movie, but this one has pulled it off (in
more ways than one).
Not a classic by any means and has a fairly predictable plot, but the wonderful self-denegrating, unpretentious nature of the movie make it worth watching more than once. Well done.
This movie gives hope to us all. If Kevin Costner can get
producing drivel like this movie, we all can. This movie is not only
excruciatingly sentimental, but the plot is so contrived that it defies any
sense of possibility.
It should be said however that the photography was good, which is the only redeeming feature of the movie.
This movie should not be bothered with, unless you're 18 or under.