Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 May 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A woman trying deal with the recent loss of her partner is suddenly visited by him as a ghost.
My Take on it – I have wanted to see this movie for yeras especially since I knew that it featured (the late, great) Alan Rickman in a romance film.
Unfortunately, this just didn’t resonate with me well enough.
Perhaps it had to do with the fact that it reminded me a lot of Ghost (1990) (which also came out in the same year, so I doubt either tried to copy the other), but just didn’t get us as emotionally involved as Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore managed to achieve.
I have always been a huge fan of Rickman and enjoyed many of the roles he played over the years and was looking forward to seeing him as a romantic lead, but even his performance fell a bit short here.
The upside of this film is that they are able to get us to connect with the ideas of loss and grief in a very cerebral way and even after finishing to watch this, those ideas continue to reverberate.
Bottom Line – Didn’t appeal to me as much as I had hoped. Expected something better with Rickman involved. Instead it just feels like an average film about loss and romance that doesn’t do the story as well as Ghost (1990) did. Does deal with many issues of grief and loss in a touching and meaningful way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alan Rickman had cello lessons, and handles the right (bowing) hand, but the left hand is provided by a real cellist standing behind him with his arm through Alan Rickman’s armpit. Juliet Stevenson does play her piano part however. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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