This is my 3475th Review
Thanks to Dell of Dell on Movies for this recommendation.
Here are his thoughts on the film.
Number of Times Seen – 2 (17 Jan 2003 and 29 Oct 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl living with her father in an isolated area of Louisiana overrun by flooding tries to find a way out of a seemingly impossible predicament.
My Take on it – This is one of the few films in recent years that have been nominated for best picture that I really didn’t enjoy when I first saw it.
To be honest, I actually fell asleep the first time I watched it out of sheer boredom with the story. (which doesn’t happen quite often)
When Dell suggested I watch this film, I decided to give it another try, hoping upon hopes, that I was just overtired last time and that attributed to me dozing off in the middle.
Well, I guess two times is a charm because I was once again really bored with this film.
I didn’t manage to fall asleep and made it through the whole film awake but the only reason I didn’t turn it off midway through was due to the fact that I don’t allow myself to stop watching a film in the middle no matter how bad it is.
The story itself might be interesting if it actually made any sense but this story is a complete mess.
The use of Quvenzhane Wallis in the lead role was ok as the narrator but the character seems way too intelligent for a 6 year old.
Perhaps, I just missed something bi here and that’s the reason I was bored.
I doubt I will try to watch it again to check on that idea tho.
Bottom Line – Extremely boring film that tells a completely uninteresting tale and just doesn’t know how to present it. Wallis is ok as the narrator, but it’s hard to believe that a 6 year old is really so intelligent about how things work. I wanted to like this more but I just couldn’t connect with this story or characters at all and only made it through this film since I don’t allow myself to turn a bad film off once I start it. Perhaps, I just don’t understand what they were trying to say here.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With the announcement of the 2012 Academy Award (Oscar) nominations on January 10, 2013, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (at age 9). She broke the record of the previous youngest-ever Best Actress nominee, Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was nominated for Whale Rider at age 13. The same day that Wallis became the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee, Emmanuelle Riva (age 85) became the oldest-ever Best Actress nominee for her role in Amour (2012). Oscar host Seth MacFarlane made the joke at the ceremony “To the nominees, congratulations, you were nominated for an Oscar. Something a 9 year old could do.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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