Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Main Players: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent
General Gist: A story about how individual lives affect one another in the past, present and future.
This movie was another one of those “thinker” type of movies. There is a lot going on with so many characters and so many time lines, the movie can get confusing. I was a little lost most of the time. I felt like I needed to watch the movie a couple times in order to really figure out who was who and what was what. The movie followed the lives of so many different people/past, present and future. I tried to find the connection in each but know I missed some of it.
The most amazing part of this movie was how many characters each actor played. Tom Hanks played 7 different characters, Halle Berry did 6, and most of the others had 5-6 as well. Not until the credits were running did I see who was who as some of them were so unrecognizable. There definitely is outstanding acting. I sort of felt like I was watching a play vs a movie because the actors “acted” so well.
The movie was a little to long and drawn out for me. I found myself wondering if there was really a point, luckily, things did have closure..which I like of course. Wonderful acting, but a little too much bouncing back and forth for my taste.
Deb's Rate: Matinee
Yeah, this definitely was a thinker. I too, like Deb, was confused for a lot of it. I wasn't sure how it was all going to tie together. I don't think it was until the last 20 minutes of the movie that I had a little ah ha moment. But I'll be quite honest. That ah ha moment wasn't a real clear one. There's still a lot I missed.
It sounds like I enjoyed the whole journey of it a little more than Deb. I liked the bouncing back and forth between stories and times. And I liked how some of the stories were more serious then others. The present day story was especially entertaining and gave a little comic relief.
The acting was great but more importantly, the makeup was wonderful. I imagine it was fun for the actors to play all those different parts and be a completely different person for each story.
And yes it was long but it didn't feel too long for me. The only beef I have is, again, what's up with these bleak futures?
Tiff's Rate: Friday Night
Preview: A few more pre-screenings in the works.