On the Silver Screen
What follows is a fairly muddled and unfocussed story that details the events of their lives – both together and separately. For a few minutes of screen time they try to get famous for telling their own story which ends in disaster, for another few minutes they have an awkward holiday together etc. The main problem is that the film seems to be going through the motions, trying for cheap laughs and the odd emotional appeal. Not being familiar with Nick Hornby’s novel I’m unsure if this is the sin of the source material or if the film is just a poor adaptation.
It is not altogether without merit however. The absolute highlight of the film centers around Toni Colette’s character tending to her handicapped son, this sequence is both compelling and moving showing us shades of real potential within this story. If the film spent more time showing these four people connecting and really allowing us to get inside their lives like in that particular sequence then this could have been something really special, instead what we have is a bland experience with an excellent yet wasted cast that can’t quite decide what film it would like to be.
That’s it for my cinema visit this week but more will be coming soon. I recently had my review of the Veronica Mars movie uploaded to my friend Adam Mulgrew’s site, follow the link to check that out as well as the rakes of content on that site.