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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Visitor

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: When a college professor (Richard Jenkins) returns to his apartment in New York, after an extended stay in Connecticut, he finds a couple of illegal immigrants living there, and they form an unlikely friendship.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Haim Abbass, Richard Kind, Michael Cumpsty

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This is one of those films that people will love if they bring to it the right kind of personal baggage. Those who aren't at one of those deep and pensive phases of life will find it interesting, but a little slow.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Yes, the pauses, the pacing, and the reaction shots incite sympathetic laughter.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It probably should, but it probably won't.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: This is the kind of movie that the Independent Spirit Awards go crazy for... If only it had more famous stars.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Richard Jenkins comes off like an old pro. Haaz Sleiman has a charm and a smile that jump off the screen and into your lap. But Danai Gurira, with an undeniable beauty, and lips twice the size of Angelina Jolie's, has two moments in the film where she's supposed to cry, but isn't able to muster the necessary tears.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The most interesting looking shots are in the B-roll, which are often shot by the Assistant Director. But considering the highly independent nature of the film, I'm going to give the director the benefit of the doubt, and assume he couldn't afford to pay anyone else to get those shots for him.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Small but original, and potentially uplifting, depending on where you're at in your personal life. Much of the character arcs take place in the subtext.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: The hand-made jewelry that the character called Zainab makes is hot!

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