Hearts in Atlantis (2001) – Encore Review


“It’s funny how when you’re a kid, a day can last forever. Now, all these years seem just like a blink.” – Bobby Garfield

Number of Times Seen – 3 times (6 Feb 2002, 8 Mar 2015 and 23 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In the early 1960’s a single mother rents out a room to a mysterious stranger who forms a strong bind with her young son.

My Take on it – This is a film that I fell in love with from the first time I saw it nearly twenty years ago.

It is a story Stephen King that was adapted to the screen by William Goldman and it is quite powerful.

The characters are created in such a vivid way that it helps keep things so enjoyable throughout.

Anthony Hopkins and Anton Yelchin are both superb here and their chemistry with one another is so amazing to watch because it comes across so believably throughout.

The story blends together themes from the Cold War and the early 60’s and dabs in a pinch of supernatural elements in order to enhance things even more.

The dialogue is superbly written and helps bring not only these characters to life, but the descriptive storytelling allows for the viewer to easily imagine the events being described along the way.

As with many King stories, there are some great conflicts brought forth and the story is truly filled with some interesting and intriguing misconceptions that attempt to turn everything on its head.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Anthony Hopkins discussed psychic ability and synchronicity with director Scott Hicks in an interview included on the DVD. In that exchange, he tells how he had been in Florence, filming Hannibal (2001), and reading a non-fiction book by William Goldman. In the book, Goldman discussed previously working with Hopkins, and discussed Kathy Bates in Misery (1990). Hopkins recalled thinking that it would be interesting to work with Goldman again, and it would be interesting to work on a Stephen King story. Two days later, a call came that there was a script for him to read, by Goldman, based on a King story. Hopkins accepted immediately. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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