A Blogathon to Be Thankful For – The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)


This is my final of 4 submissions for the  A Blogathon to be Thankful For being run by Sally of 18 Cinema Lane

Tnx for letting me take part!

“I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can’t all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you’re not alone. You’re not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don’t necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time. ” – Jake

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A family gathers together for Thanksgiving which brings up painful memories of the past.

My Take on it – This is a film that hooked me right from the start especially due to the great cast.

Having a film with Roy Scheider, Noah Wylie, Julianne Moore, Hope Davis, Michael Vartan, Brian Kerwin and Blythe Danner is so impressive because they are all able to embody these characters along the way.

They all having superb chemistry together that helps make it seem so believable that they are a family.

The story is able to give us lots of family conflict along with the history of these characters as things move along.

The biggest problem with this film tho is the fact that it actually has too many parallel story lines that weigh things down too much and is harder for the viewer to absorb it all at once even if they are each compelling plot threads on their own.

The dialogue is great and allows the characters to gain even more depth as things move forward to a rousing climax.

Bottom Line – Compelling drama that is helped by the superb cast. The various characters are developed well and we get lots of conflict and family history as things unfold. The characters all have great chemistry together and it’s quite believable having them as a family.  The problem here is that they too many story lines to absorb and that weighs the overall story down too much The dialogue is written quite well and helps give some of the characters much more depth than others as things unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actress Julianne Moore and director Bart Freundlich met while filming this picture. Moore has said that one week after the shooting started they were together. They were married and have had two children. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “A Blogathon to Be Thankful For – The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

  1. Pingback: A Blogathon to be Thankful For has arrived! – 18 Cinema Lane

  2. A good review once again! If you are interested in watching a movie with interconnecting stories, I’d recommend the movie, ‘The Christmas Hope’. I won’t spoil it, but all I’ll say is that the script does a good job weaving each character’s story together. Thanks again for joining my blogathon! I have added this review to the participant list.

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