Hugely disappointing tear squeezer.
Again, we're getting a melange of themes well covered by so many
previous films. The good and the bad son story, courtesy East of Eden.
The American marine hero story, who doesn't consider himself to be one
due to what he knows. And the grieving wife potentially falling in love
with another man story.
The mere fact of those stories being that ubiquitous isn't so much of a
problem though. Because theoretically they could still be better
presented and dealt with each time around. No luck this time though, as
all three of those threads ultimately fall flat all the same.
As the bad son never really gets to talk to his father, so that
conflict is never resolved properly. Apart from the father kind of
starting to appreciate the bad son thanks to the latter renovating the
kitchen of the grieving wife. Now, how satisfying is that.
Next, the surprisingly homecoming marine suspecting his wife of
unfaithfulness conflict never gets resolved. Because he never really
talks to the man under suspicion, namely his own brother. So once more
we're handed a loose end here.
And finally, the American military heroism hypocrisy theme, where the
marine is publicly considered a hero when, due to the dirtiness of war
he went through, he shouldn't really be called one as to his own
standards, that third theme falls flat just the same. Because the movie
ends right when, for the first time, he's just able to talk to his wife
about what he went through. Where the real story would actually begin
at that very point, namely his process of recovery, how that would look
like and how he would finally face the family he'd have some major
guilt to admit to. All that, all the really interesting bits are passed
over and getting ignored.
So while story wise this film is a serious, and I mean serious,
disappointment, I'd still give it points for the impressive cast.
Although no film should use Maguire for a voice over, because that
belongs to Spiderman. Especially a grown up Gyllenhaal seems to fulfill
all the expectations he aroused as a young and aspiring actor. So much
that I'd in fact love to see him entrusted with a really deep and
demanding lead role of proper profile.
So while the cast really seems to do what they can, I consider this
film totally forgettable otherwise. A shallow and ultimately
pretentious, utterly unsatisfying tear squeezer indeed. Message du jour
to the writers: we know the wounds already, see the host of Vietnam
films. You want to earn some credit, show us a believable healing..
Awab watch Transporter 3 movie
Love this movie.....
marinasc watch Bart Got A Room movie
Afterwards is the best film I ever seen ! It is fun and intelligent ! I really recommend.
SEPHIROTH watch The First Of The Few movie
obsessed is a great movie.
SEPHIROTH watch Money From Home movie
SEPHIROTH watch I'll Be Home For Christmas movie
brothers is a good movie.
bothers is a great movie and full drama.
Brill movie!! Love it Love it Love it.
I liked how the director directed the movie.
I was blown away by this movie. To be honest, I was never really a big
fan of Toby Maguire. But my total view has changed. This movie had a
very strong emotional impact on me. Honestly, I've never cried in a
movie before... and when I watched this, I've never cried so much in my
The thing I love about this film is that it was so realistic. For the
first time ever I felt like I wasn't just watching, I felt I was there.
The cast were absolutely amazing. As I was saying, Toby Maguire's
performance was outstanding. He showed real emotion, something I know
as a person looks like. Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) was fabulous, he did an
amazing job at developing his character throughout the movie. Natalie
Portman was fabulous and ... Bailee Madison I have no words! She was
absolutely brilliant. Her emotion was believable... an amazing little
Please, please watch this movie! You will NOT be disappointed. I still
can't get over the beauty and realism of this movie. Absolutely
fantastic, amazing and a movie you cannot miss! 10/10