“After all, brevity is the soul of wit. ” – Vivian Bearing
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Apr 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A poetry professor is diagnosed with cancer and quickly realizes that the kind of treatment she hoped to get and the kind she receives are quite different in their approaches to caregiving.
My Take on it – This is a movie based on an award winning play that is pretty good, but it probably works a bit better in the theater than onscreen mostly due to its premise of being both impersonal and personal at the same time.
Emma Thompson is very good here in the title role and we can believe that she is experiencing what the character is portrayed as doing.
She is able to successfully deliver the very witty dialogue (pun intended) and that is precisely where this movie excels.
The dialogue is superb and done in such a great way that I actually am saddened that the author of the original play, Margaret Edson never wrote another play before or after this one.
If you’re seeking to watch a film that portrays how doctors and researchers SHOULDN’T act, this is the one to watch because it does it perfectly.
Those scenes evoke numerous responses because you can truly feel the embarrassment of the patient, but also want to laugh at the horrendous bedside manner.
Bottom Line – An interesting study and analysis of how doctors and researchers shouldn’t behave. Based on an award winning play that probably works even better in a theatrical environment. Dialogue is witty (pun intended) with a great performance by Thompson. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is often shown at medical colleges as an example of how doctors and researchers should not behave. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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Doctors and researchers should also be exposed to an episode of House. That guy is a genius but a total jerk.
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