That's what was on the top of my mind after seeing this movie. Some parts felt so very familiar. Kinda like watching myself a few years back. The movie's timeline is in the 50s, but it's very adaptable to our day too. April's idea of moving to Paris was almost exactly what happened when our family moved to Australia. And the comments we got were surprisingly similar to what April and Frank got. Even today the idea of a working mum and a stay-at-home dad seems odd to people. Fortunately we didn't end up like April and Frank, but our plan worked out fine.
I suppose April doesn't really understand that moving to another country will not solve anything. You can't really run away from yourself. In the end life is the same anywhere: there's bills to pay and work to do no matter where you live.
Frank on the other hand seems very unsatisfied. He knows he's settling for a familiar but unsatisfactory life instead of stepping out of his comfort zone to try something new and wild and completely insane (in others' point of view) and he hates himself for it.
The cast is wonderful, Leo and Kate really do outstanding job as do the rest of the crew. I hate the ending, though. The ending sucked big time. I'm not by any means all for happy endings, but any other kind of ending would've been better.
Getting pregnant is not always easy
I did not like "nousukausi", but I'll have to say that Tiina Lymi and Nicke Lignell are really great together. Especially in this one. This film is very touching. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Especially Tiina Lymi's performance was outstanding. She makes the character of Paula very tangible and easy to relate to. Especially if one has experienced infertility to any extent. I found Anna-Leena HÃ¤rkÃ¶nen's script also very witty and to the point. I'll recommend this to anyone with or without infertility problems.
I didn't really expect anything really from this movie. I still wanted to watch it, but thought that it would be pretty much the average romantic comedie. However, I was surprised to find out that this was actually a pretty good one. Although the story is kinda sad, it'll still make you laugh more than cry. The acting is great and the casting is good. It's very easy to like this one.
I don't know a single mother who didn't cry in this film. This is a very touching story. It must the worst nightmare of every mother to have to send your child to another country and not knowing if you'll ever see them again. And imagine the horror the children feel to be sent to a new home where they don't know how well they'll be received, they might not even know the language and they don't know if they'll ever see their homes again. Yet that was the reality for a lot of mothers and their children in the II world war Finland.
This story goes to the very heart of motherhood and raises a lot of questions and thoughts on the subject of what makes a good mother. If you haven't seen this one yet, please, please watch it and you won't regret it.
Intriguing, but surreal
First of all, I never thought my self as "cold hearted troglodyte", ;-) but I did not cry in this one. I don't think this one was a sad movie at all! The idea of a guy reminiscing his love life is certainly intriguing but I could not help thinking: "Now come ON, what guy would actually remember such details so far back?": No-one. So in real life the story would not be interesting at all, cause the "real-life Will" wouldn't remember even 3/4 of that stuff. So, it's not very realistic, but then again few movies are. On the whole it wasn't bad at all, althogh at times I found it a bit boring.
I know this film is a classic and since it's a Kubrick film it can't be anything else. Somehow it wasn't as impressive as the other Kubrick films I've seen and he's definitely made a lot better ones. The violence is quite repulsive and it almost made me not finnish the film. The story, however is quite intriguing and it makes the excessively cruel violence justified. Once again, no simple answers here and Kubrick will make you think. Again his work with the camera is very skillful, but after watching a lot of Kubrick's you expect nothing less.
How very odd
I was stunned that you could actually make something like this in 1968. Visually this must be Kubrick's best film ever! Steven Spielberg once said that he's never met anyone who didn't want to watch a Kubrick film again after seeing it the first time. This is so very true. His films are so full of amazing details that it's impossible to get them all at the same time.
This film was full of very photogenic and artistic scenes. It's hard to imagine that they had that kind of special effects available back then. But the story itself is the best special effect, as someone put it. One interesting aspect is the fact that man had not gone to the moon before making this film. However the description of moon is surprisingly close to the truth.
The thing that makes Kubrick such a great artist is that he won't let people tell him what to do. He'll do his own thing and everything he touches seemes to turn into gold. But that's not even the point. He doesn't make films to please people or to make just a lot of money. He's not thinking: "will this sell", because it's not important. And he wont stop unless he's satisfied, regardless how many takes it'll take. Nothing short of perfect will do for him and he'll never give you free answers, but will let you make your own interpretations. He's definitely a genius.
Just gotta love Stanley Kubrick
I have liked every Kubrick film that I've seen so far and I intend to see all his films. He's truly an amazing artist and he's greatly missed. All the Kubrick films I've seen so far have been completely different too, although they all have some typical "Kubrickal" elements.
The plot in Barry Lyndon was not very interesting at all. I think that's just one of Kubricks peculiarities: the film can be very good even if the plot isn't. Even though the plot was nothing special some of the scenes were just amazing. Sometimes there would be long scenes with nothing at all happening, but you still kept watching anyway without being bored. That's how Kubrick works his magic: he creates visually amazing masterpieces and adds awesome music to carry on the story and what else do you need? Due to his background as a photographer his films are usually really photogenic and that's why you keep watching even if nothing is happening.
Definitely 3 hours of my life well spent!
Truly a masterpiece!
Stanley Kubrick sure knows how to make awesome films! It's been a long time since I saw this first time and like with all Kubricks films, one time just isn't enough. He knows how to create a good thriller with very simple technique. And he proves that you don't need a huge number of casualties to make a good horror story.
It's to die for
This was very funny and even touching film. I love Tim Burtons twisted and dark sense of humour. Cinematically this was also awesome work! You'd think that with digital technology nobody would bother to do stop-motion-animation films, but you better think again. They really did a splendid job with this one. Definitely worth the watch.
Is there anyone without an opinion about Michael Moore?
I have yet to meat such person. Cinematicly this was not a very high level film, but then again it was no big budget Hollywood film anyway. It's still one to get an emotion out of you and I think that's what good movies do. Even if you hate it, one of the purposes of making a film has been fulfilled.
The issue in this film is Michael Moore, or so it seems at first. I think the real issues go a lot deeper than that. It's about facing your own prejudice and intolerance and how you deal with it. It's about freedom of speech. It's about how you deal with people you disagree with. It's about friendship. It's about who we really are and so much more. I have to say I liked it, even though it was hard to watch it at times.
One of the characters in the film, Kay Anderson commented the film in these words: “Well, Steve succeeded in making everyone look stupid." To which Greenstreet later replied, “If I did anything to make people look stupid, it was just to hit the record button"
I had read the previous reviews here on filmgator plus some other reviews and had heard nothing but praising comments about this film. So naturally I walked to the cinema loaded with very high expectations. I'm not even exactly sure what I was expecting, but I was tad disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, the visual effects were great and the acting too and it was definitely worth paying 8 euros for, but for some reason I was expecting for something more.
The role of Joker was a bit different and I liked the psychological drama too. What I also like about the Batman films is that the villains seldom die completely. It's a good action film and my advise for those who haven't seen it: believe that it's worth watching, but don't get your expectations too high.
Average rating: 6.9