Low Budget but Bearable
I was fortunate to get a free pass for this film. This definitely is a
common theme but not "Canadian" as much as a typical "Torontonian"
style indy. In other words the usual white upper middle class
characters combined with clever and articulate dialogue/narration. I
was half expecting to see a cameo with Don McKellar. Anyway, in spite
of the anticlimactic ending Joshua"s performance was good enough to
make the film bearable if not believable. Except for the obvious stock
footage(and not in historical reference) the film also looked very good
on screen, excellent cinematography. This may do well at film festivals
especially those outside of Canada but I doubt it will be a huge
success at the box office unless the marketing mainstream and online
eisha812 watch Sahara movie
this looks half decent .
Flawed but charming Canadian road movie meets relationship drama meets
"One Week" is a deeply flawed film, but still a charming one which I
don't regret seeing. The film is a relationship drama meets disease of
the week flick meets Canadian road movie. I went to see the latter and
got what I wanted. "One Week" made me want to pack a bag, make perfect
road trip playlists, and drive all the way from where I am in Calgary
to the Atlantic. There is nothing overstated or over-romanticized about
the road trip here. Canada really IS that lovely and that pretty and
that charming, and there ARE that many lovely little places to stop at,
that many cute diners, that many gorgeous women, that many oddball
Unfortunately "One Week" employs disastrous omniscient narration and
revealing exactly what it is would be a spoiler but it made it even
more insufferable. Occasionally really witty but mostly suffering from
Dave Eggers syndrome this device really lets down the movie in general.
The relationship drama feels incredibly hollow (though not really
shallow), but the disease of the week aspect is surprisingly effective.
The lead character played by Joshua Jackson is relatively well-drawn,
and Jackson is really, really good (didn't think I would be saying that
really, even though I've always found him a charming actor), which on
its own gives his journey emotional relevance.
One of the things Canadian critics didn't like about the film (which
received solid but not especially appreciative reviews, around what it
deserved) was what they perceived to be a 'look how great Canada is'
mentality. I don't see that in the movie. The movie rests on
sentimentality. Occasionally it goes into really sappy territory and
that's where its biggest failings lie, but I mean sentimentality in the
purest sense: emotional idealism. Of course you'll get the bitter
cynics who claim great moments in life don't exist but "One Week"
captures that emotion, that mindset quite effectively at some points,
then totally veers off track in others.
The movie's dependency on the sentimental quality of the sort of trip
Joshua Jackson's character in this film takes means that the trip is
going to be presented as memorable and wonderful. My road trips in
Canada have been. Sure, there's a couple of dumb TH jokes and one
unbelievable line spoken by a German tourist near the end but overall
it actually is surprisingly tasteful in this regard: a celebration of
Canada but not in an overly ludicrous fashion, and not with quite the
same fervor and schmaltz "Passchendaele", the last Canadian film to
receive this sort of distribution, featured. The Gord Downie cameo, for
instance, could have been a cheesy 'look how Canadian we are' moment
but if you had never seen Gord before (which, if you're watching this
movie, you probably have, but nevermind) you wouldn't know it was him
because it's just another part in the film, one which is very relevant
to the journey of the film.
This is a charming film I'm really happy I saw, but its unfortunate
flaws keep it from excellence, and some of it is really mediocre. Still
recommended for a one-time viewing, and is fairly unique for doing
Canada's scenery justice, and beautifully photographed..