Set in Tuscany, The Shadow Dancer is a cross between a romantic comedy and a drama.
It would seem that you just can't please some people if the last review
of this movie I read is deemed to be correct. As I was unable to find
this movie on DVD locally I bought it from overseas.
I loved the story. OK, so it is a feel good movie, it doesn't contain
violence, its not action packed and it won't give you the answers to
life, the universe and everything, BUT it is a great movie for a rainy
Sunday afternoon. It is filled with humour, wit and a touch of
tenderness. It both puts a smile on your face and can bring a tear to
the eye. The cinematography is beautiful, the actors are well cast, the
dialogue snappy. Having watched this several times with friends and
family, everyone has enjoyed it and its well worth the time..
Pathetic platitudes plus Mrs. Clearly Forlorn
Too bad ... I had been hoping for a nice evening movie and then this!
How predictable and awfully scripted and plotted can a script be? I was
hoping for humor and all I got were childish lines, creamy smiles, and
shiny eyes supposed to mirror the light of Tuscany's beautiful
landscape. No deep or funny characters, no situational comedy, just a
few weak and embarrassing tries at slapstick. I felt very sorry for
Harvey Keitel to have had to endure this picture. His character,
Parish, is supposed to be a world class writer but his prose is not
even 3rd rate, shallow and pseudo-picturesque. The teacher-student
relationship is not understandable at all - why would anyone bear this
kid, why give him his daughter? Pathetic platitudes were all the viewer
got. And this kid Joshua Jackson - or whatever is his name - was just a
pancake of emotion and character: flat, boyish, unlikeable - nothing to
identify or fall in love with. As for this picture, Claire Forlani
should have been credited as Clearly Forlorn. Sadly, two thumbs down!.