Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Three middle aged friends re-examine their own lives when another friend unexpectedly dies.
My Take on it – There is a rumor going around that once a man enters his 40’s, he starts to question his choices in life and does drastic things in order to compensate.
This is a movie that tries to understand that phenomena and it shows us 3 similar but different men and how each of them reacts to the sudden loss of another close friend of theirs.
Being that I’m 42, I can understand to a degree what they are all going through and therefore was intrigued to see this movie.
The problem for me tho was the way that the story ended up playing out because it was all done deliberately slowly and we get to see how each are affected differently by this same impactful event on their lives.
The original cut of this movie was well over 3 hours and I’m quite curious to know whether that version was more coherent and gave us more of a cathartic experience than this one was able to accomplish in a bit over two hours.
John Cassavetes wrote, directed and starred in this movie and it is considered by many to be his real breakthrough film.
I can’t say that I’d agree wiuth that because I haven’t seen enough of his work, but I despite a very good idea, this movie unfortunately is no better than average IMHO.
Bottom Line – I liked the premise, but hated the way that the story played out. Being a similar age as the characters (more or less) I can understand them, but don’t think that this was executed well enough. I’m quite curious to want to see the full 3+ hour version because maybe that one makes more coherent sense than this did.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene at the bar where Leola Harlow tries to sing “It Was Just a Little Love Affair” and is repeatedly interrupted and harshly criticized by the drunken three main characters, was completely improvised. Harlow reportedly had no idea that they were filming and thought the lead actors were actually criticizing her performance in the scene, causing the very real hurt apparent in her performance. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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