The Hours

Discussion in 'The Classics - Films' started by VoR, Mar 17, 2009.

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  1. VoR

    VoR #Justice4JLo

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    I totally take on board all the criticisms that are thrown at this film; that nothing really happens, it could be considered overly-ponderous, it's the epitome of the Oscar-baity 'prestige movie' etc.

    But I would genuinely put it among my personal favourite films of all time. It just pushes every button for me. I'm a fan of Virginia Woolf anyway so from that perspective I find it really interesting but even without, it's a really moving study in isolation and frustrated hopes. The music is just exceptional and the acting is superb. I really think Kidman's performance is so much more than slapping on a fake nose and looking miserable for two hours, I think it's one of her most soulful performances. Julianne Moore is always amazing but was on particular form in 2002 between this and Far From Heaven. This character is a nice counterpoint to that one, and I am constantly in awe of her ability to portray a gulf of emotion with a tiny flicker of her face. Give that woman an Oscar already! :evil:

    It's not just about the leads though, the supporting actors are all amazing. Toni Collette makes more of an impression in five minutes or so of screen time than most actors do in an entire movie. I really wish she was getting bigger roles in this kind of stuff. She seems destined to be forever in the waiting line behind Winslet, Blanchett and Moore though. :(

    Love love love it. I always put it on when I'm in the mood to wallow in a bit of self-indulgent melancholia.
     
  2. Ellie

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    More like THE WEEKS
     
  3. VoR

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    We all know you have no soul though Ellie. :rusty:

    Nah I can definitely see why this is an aquired taste. Although it is under two hours long ACTUALLY.
     
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    OMG I could never praise it enough. The book that I read before watching the movie is one of the best things I've ever read. I adore it, I love all the characters, the melancholic tone, the mother abandonning the kids theme, the depressed wife etc
    I was afraid the movie would ruin the story for me, as usual, but the movie adaptation was flawless and really completed the novel. Like VoR said it's not only the leads that are good but every role is perfect. I could never get tired of the movie...and I still cry everytime I watch it.
     
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    I've actually never seen it. I was just quoting 30 Rock.

    I do like Adam Buxton's song about it though:

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    Didn't you say the other day that you haven't watched it?
     
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    Lovely review there VoR which pretty much highlights all the things I love about the film. Ultimately I find it slightly too mannered to truly fall in love with it - but it's a very excellent watch nonetheless.
     
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    I agree with RS that this is a rare example where I find a movie actually complements the preceding novel perfectly, rather than making a bit of an oversimplified hash of it.
     
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    I really recommend reading the book.
     
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    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    But if it is a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death.
     
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    Richmond is GREAT :evil: Another reason to hate the film without seeing it.
     
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    It's wonderful. But I think Streep's performance is the strongest of the 3 leads - it was easy to ignore, because it was the less 'obvious' character to be Oscar worthy... but she just BECAME her character like she always does.

    I liked the way the 3 stories weaved into each other and the way there were obvious parallels in each story and I agree: i think they really did justice to an equally impressive novel.

    Haven't watched it in ages though.
     
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    Ellie - you haven't seen it really? And you're saying those things?!?! That's SO much worse than the stuff people have been giving me stick about in the Annie Hall thread - at least I GAVE that crock of shit a chance before making a judgement.
     
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    Oh and this is one of the few soundtracks I have on my iPod - it's beautiful.
     
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    Have I come across as harsh? I don't think I'm really giving any opinion at all other than quoting a funny line from 30 Rock and being annoyed that there's a line in the film slagging off my home town!
     
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    Ha! Well if it slags off your home town then all is excused. :D
     
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    Devastatingly beautiful film. Quite possibly my favourite film of all time.
     
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    I've only watched it once and was so bored throughout. I'll give it another go at some point though, I don't think I was in the right frame of mind.
     
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    9. Really brilliant. Meryl Streep wasn't even the best actress in it, and it's not OFTEN you can say that! Julianne Moore was heartbreakingly fantastic, and I agree that Toni Collette, one of the best actresses out there, was wonderful. I don't know if I'd say it was too slow or uneventful. Pace has never really bothered me, film-wise.
     
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    I think you have to be a certain 'type' of personality to really get this film. And I absolutely don't mean that in a snobby way. I can totally understand why a lot of people would quite justifiably be bored senseless by it.

    For me though, oh my god.

    The scene between Streep and Ed Harris near the end is just completely devastating, and Meryl's acting is possibly the best I've ever seen from her, and I don't say that lightly.
     
  21. FUCK MERYL, it's all about the other two.

    I like this film, it appeals to my faux-intellectual side with its depressing existential take on life and such like. Not all of it works though. I like the thread between the three women, but in fairness the multiple stories fucks the cohesion of the film as a viewing experience, even if they each combine toward an interesting central theme. I think you could split it in to three films and it would be just as powerful (although the Meryl one would be shit).
     
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    I disagree entirely. The points of intersection between the parallel stories and indeed the 3 women are perhaps the most significant strength of the film.
     
  23. Yeah, maybe you're right that the mixing of themes between the three stories is perhaps where the film's strength lies, but for me something about the format doesn't work cinematically. I find the the points of intersection add up to something meaningful in retrospect, but actually undermine each individual story.

    I particularly felt that Julianne Moore's scenes had no space to breathe trapped between Streep and Kidman. And visually, Streep's sections bugged the hell out of me, jarring quite terribly with the rest of the film.

    I imagine the combination of the three stories works much better in the book. I think cinematically there were various problems with it.
     
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    The first couple of times I saw the film Meryl's character annoyed me a bit because her breakdown scene with Jeff Daniels seemed very OTT and hammy. But it's actually brilliant, because that is the essence of the character, very self-deluding and always performing. It makes the contrast when Richard finally forces her to face up to the real world, in the most horrifying way imaginable, so much more powerful, and the way Meryl plays the character in that scene and the couple of scenes following it are absolutely fantastic.
     
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    I am in the Streep camp sorry - she acts her socks off in the scenes she has. She has the least to 'do', but she still manages to be the one I remembered most from it.

    Moore and Kidman are GREAT too, but Streep is exceptional.
     
  26. Maybe I'm just not into dour looking Manhatten lesbian witches.
     
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    Don't watch this clip if you have any serious interest in watching the film for the first time, because it comes near the end and is a major plot point, but this seriously rivals the Sophie's Choice scene for me in terms of Meryl acting, and she doesn't even say very much...

    Warning: It is also quite upsetting.

     
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    :( :( :(
     
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    Good performances but it was JUST SO FUCKING BORING
     
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    Certainly not a waste of time, but as with the novel it felt way too constructed - you know like it was just made for English lit teachers. I much prefer "a home at the end of the world" both as a movie and book by Cunningham.
     
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    i saw a couple of minutes of this as my mother was flicking through the channels (my dad started protesting that "it's full of crazy people in real life as it is") and i got teary in seconds. i love this film, one of my very favourites - the cast, the story, the soundtrack, all perfect.
     
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    it was on tv1000, if you're wondering.

    merry christmas from the swedes *.*
     
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    “Dear Leonard. To look life in the face. Always to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it. To love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard. Always the years between us. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.”

    *weeps*
     
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    omg tv1000 was my favourite channel when I was a kid
     
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    the scene at the train station... that's how I felt as a depressed teenager in a backwater town. 11/10 can relate
     
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    That scene is all of my 20s. What a movie!
     
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    And TV1000 still exists?!

    And ameraal is dating a Swede?
     
  38. ameraal

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    i wish! (if you're talking about a smart and hot swede).

    my parents get tv1000 in their cable package. i was just as shocked. thank god i had tv tusen and canal+ in my teens. not just for the porn!
     
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