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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

When Did You Last See Your Father?

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A son reminisces about all the resentments he's harbored toward his father over the years, and tries to figure out how to forgive his dad (Jim Broadbent), before he breathes his final breath.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Gina McKee, Sarah Lancanshire, Elaine Cassidy, Claire Skinner, Matthew Beard, Bradley Johnson

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. Most critics will say something to the effect of, "This film is a beautiful portrait of the inner battle between love and hate that so many of us are confronted with, when it comes to our relationships with our parents." This critic says, "Hellooooooooo, melodramatic!"

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Notatall. That's British for, "No."

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It mostly feels like there's a movie screen standing in between you and what the characters are going through. You will watch them suffering in the distance, but you will not feel their suffering. Lucky for you... Unlucky for the filmmakers.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: When you watch Jim Broadbent perform, it seems nearly impossible that he waited until his fifties to start racking up award nominations. He's six different kinds of talented in this one.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: In addition to Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson finds wonderful levels of subtlety as she puts on a happy face in front of her son, in an effort to constantly hide her miserable interior.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Mirrors and reflections play throughout the film, and I'm not one to assume I know what their significance is. If it is meant to represent Colin Firth's life reflecting back at him, that seems very on the nose. But if it is anything else, that seems very obtuse.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The film is based on a book, that's based on a true story, that's based on the author of the book, it's no wonder it all feels a bit too personal to reach the heart of the masses.

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