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It will probably not become a classic, but it deserves to be seen in its time. Perhaps the honesty of this film will inspire other, greater filmmakers with more influence to change their ways and provide more thinking elements in their films.
Watch it with a loved one on a Saturday night.
A good alternative to show those boyfriends who are caught up in their own male-ness. Try this before plopping in Gone with the Wind. It may bridge the gap.
The movie does a wonderful job of presenting George's struggle as he seeks to understand what is happening to him. His friends, however, are equally befuddled and the unanswered questions that arise from their own insecurities cause misunderstanding, pain and rejection. It's almost as scary to know a phenomenon as to be one.
In my opinion it was a good story well told. Like all good stories, it unearthed regions of my own soul, areas I have mined before and will mine again because I believe their are still some precious stones to uncover there.
It is a life theme to which I often return. Are we not each a phenomenon in our own way? What is the meaning of my life? What are my unique gifts? Where has my power come from from? And how much of it is unused, undeveloped, unactivated.
We use so little of our strength, our psychic powers, our capabilities. We choose, instead, to live in a dark, dull, ill-lit corridor called 'life', a cramped hallway with narrow walls, yellowed, peeling wallpaper, moldy and stifling. Windowless and without wind. No unpredictable weather. And we wonder why it bores us, why we've lost our passion.
John Updike made the observation that there are Four Life Forces: Love, Habit, Time and Boredom. Love and Habit are powerful, giving short term energy and stability to our lives. Time has a more long term grinding influence. But Boredom, the great leveler, is a prison that captures us subtly. When boredom becomes a habit, life passes us by.
In this film, George Malley sees the wonder of this passing phenomenon we call life. His becomes obsessed with embracing it... before it does indeed escape him.
Nice supporting cast, especially Ms. Sedgewick and Forrest Whittaker.
The plot is not very plausible, however, the actual issue (which is discovered later in the movie) is and because of that, the way the entire movie is laid out and comes together at the end is truly something special. It's worth it to sit down with your family and watch together, or just to watch it with a loved one. Don't be afraid to bring out a tissue, because it is very possible that the tears might just start flowing. Director Jon Turteltaub does a fantastic job showing what love can do and the tremendous effect it has on humans.
Highly recommended. 9 out of 10.
In my honest opinion a must see of the drama category! Utterly recommended.
It's an excellent script, very well executed. John Travolta was an excellent choice for the part, as are the other cast members; everyone gives their best. I could say more, but I'd rather not spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. It speaks to the heart and the spirit inside us.
See it. Listen to it. Think about it. Then see it again and think about it some more. Perhaps you can find something in it that speaks to you. I highly recommend it.
Restricting work-schedule; not watching TV; not going to theaters - all of these left me unaware that John Travolta ("George Malley") was still making movies. I guess I just wasn't ready to accept that pretty-boy Travolta just didn't have the talent to make anything but the same genre of film that made him a star. Was I wrong !
This movie has definitely made me a BIG Travolta fan. I enjoyed "Blow Out", but didn't realize it was one of a chain of movies that Travolta was making. Now that I am aware of his range of acting-abilities - everything I've seen, so far, is so easily projected - I'll be on the look-out for all of his films.
Many other users have detailed the story this movie tells - thank heavens it has one ! "George" was simply "George" - when incidents happen to us that change our personna, other people also change the way they think of us. I'd feel the same way if one of my buddies started acting differently, and showed much more intelligence than I knew he possessed. Kyra Sedgewick ("Lace Pennamin") was unknown to me, so I had no way to judge her performance, but certainly enjoyed it. Again, simplicity, not a lot of unneeded drama. Forest Whitaker ("Nate Pope") was stellar in his portrayal of the few friends who could tell something unusual was happening to his buddy, as was Robert Duvall's ("Doc") portrayal. The entire cast was great - but, Travolta's simple deliverence of undramatic lines (and his brilliant smile and open face) make this movie the great entertainment, and uplifting message, it is.
Director Turtletaub got it all together to put scriptor Gerald DiPego's story on the screen. It is apparent that all who played in the movie enjoyed their work - all of us should have no reason not enjoy their efforts. As many users urge, this is a film for the entire family and certainly would make for a romantic evening with a loved-one.
Desereves more than a "10"........
John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick. An amiable, small town Joe is inexplicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers after seeing a bright light.
The simplicity of the synopsis would belie the complexity of this sociological examination of the fight or flight instinct coupled with the dynamics of the mob mentality. People fear what they cannot understand, and they hate what they fear. This work is an expose of that phenomenon.
But aside from all that, this is highly enjoyable, as you walk along with Travolta's character through the progression of his new-found talents. His performance here is beautiful. He fully embraces this character like he seldom has any other. He typically does well, but this was a total integration, which was wonderful to watch.
All in all, I found this film enlightened, even when the supporting characters were not.
It rates an 8.8/10 from...
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