[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Who do you live for?
A powerful and emotional coming of age story, this remarkable tale is told with honesty and originality that will leave audiences moved. In the film, two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and lasting love. Directed by Gus Van Sant, one of the most astute observers of people living life on the edge, comes a take on friendship and young love as engaging and true as it is provocative and stirring.
It is as if Gus Van Sant has made this film for the sole purpose to piss me off. It is the only logical explanation for how a film has so perfectly captured my cinematic pet hates in one unremittingly awful movie.
Checklist of things to hate about Restless:
* Characters defined merely by their quirks
* Obnoxious teenage angst
* Triteness masquerading as depth
* Forced tone
* Stupid hats and quirky clothes
* Every single character needs a good slap
* Revolting whimsy
* Hollow profundity and sentimentality
* Nauseating soundtrack (Danny Elfman at his ear-raping worst)
* Talking to dead people
* Wasting talented actors
* Terminally ill teenagers enriching the lives of others
* Heavy handed…
Gus Van Sant had a cigarette dangling at one corner of his mouth.
"No, guys, listen. It's not just simply about teen angst. Don't insult me like that. It's about young adults finding life in death. This is an entirely new perspective that has never been done before."
He waved his hands around as he speak.
"It's a metaphor. Everything. The birds and the insects. Ghosts and their tombstones."
He tasted ash under his tongue and tried to clean it with his fingers.
"You don't get it. The simplicity adds layers to the film! The quirkiness adds depth to the characters!"
There is not one single soul to be found within miles.
''You have no respect. You have no respect for anyone!'' - I couldn't have said it better myself about the main character. What were they attempting with this movie? To piss people off? If so, it worked, but that's not a good recipe for a movie, right? Don't know what's worst; Henry Hoppers acting or his character. They're both an awful combination though.
What I can't stand about a movie is if it's include a repulsive and disrespectful character and you're just supposed to or they expect you to feel bad for him (or her, but in this case it was a him). I don't understand why they do that... And there's nothing new about this film; They're throwing out…
Restless has some flaws that totally make me understand why some people heavily dislike it – namely the fact that lead character Enoch is a little obnoxious and pretty disrespectful to the dead. He has an obsession with death, visits funerals of people he doesn’t know and calls dying children “cancer kids.” However, that’s the point – he’s supposed to be a little hard to get along with, at least at first. With his parents having died in a tragic car accident, and he himself having momentarily died before sitting in a coma for three months it’s easy to understand why his view of the world is a little different to everyone else’s. With no school, no car, and no…
I'm usually game for wherever Gus Van Sant wants to take me but there was something about Relentless that just didn't sit right. A lot of the criticism is aimed at it's explicit quirks and twee tone, much of it feeling a bit too unnatural and unrealistic. The film has echoes of all sorts of movies, ranging from things like Harold and Maude right up to Wes Anderson's work but it never reaches those heights. Everything just felt a bit too throwaway and airy. I wasn't particularly fond of the characters and story wasn't especially striking. Still, I liked the visual side of things and the ambition in the script. While the ideas might not have fully worked and come…
This is the second time I watched Restless, after being rather taken by it the first time. This viewing some of the quirks were less appealing and occasionally obnoxious. The selling point for me however is Mia Wasikowska, whom is able to play a very smart teen, but still be believably teenagery. She walks the tightrope of precociousness very well, and was able to tear my heart apart along the way. Also, even thought I did not love Restless this time around, I still feel very vulnerable to desiring another time around.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I expected something better from Gust Van Sant. It is a teenage love story with naif characters marked by their unusual customs, and a girl suffering from cancer, so predictable it can be. It is neither empty nor deep as it was intended, yet it has its charm.
The premise may sound more than a bit ridiculous, but it's not like teenagers obsessing over Japanese culture is anything new, and honestly, the Japanese ghost isn't as major as the descriptions would make him seem. Besides the ghost, there's a lot to like. Don't necessarily disregard what you've heard about it, but give it a shot with an open mind.
Mono no aware (物の哀れ), literally "the pathos of things", also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term used to describe the awareness of impermanence or the transience of things, and a gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing.
Restless is an American magic-realist hipster exploration of such a concept. It is a hazy daydream with a fairly weak narrative structure, but those are to its merit, since it basically functions as a sort of actor's piece in which Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska, fine young actors both, go through as many possible scenarios of two young people who are reconciling themselves to the merciless inevitabilities of grief and loss. Hopper is Enoch,…
goddamnit this movie is boring and blant
it's different to see Mia Wazowski do something other than a psychopath once in a while
Truer to adolescence than it is to death.
An interesting film that may deserve a rewatch in the future. It contained elements of some of my favorite films: Annie Hall, Harold & Maude, and The Fault in Our Stars. It even had a "Biggles" allusion via one of the characters & this was a film my brother loved as a child. There are so many things about this I should've adored. The setting, the scenes, the characters. There was even a playful Halloween here. So, as I said, I should've loved it & perhaps I'll try it again sometime.
This movie is for people who thought Harold and Maude was too edgy.
While there are some notable similarities between this and Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude and screenwriter Jason Lew could've tried to make his characters more endearing, Gus Van Sant's Restless still makes for a decent romantic drama about finding the purposes in life even as the realities of death hang over it, with leads Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska delivering strong performances and sharing fine chemistry with one another, vivid cinematography, and a quirky score from Danny Elfman.
I had really high expectations for this film. But at the end I fell asleep.
In honor of my last year as a teenager, I decided to make this list of all the coming-of-age/high school/teen…
UPDATE: I can't add any more titles (it's actually a limit set by Letterboxd). I may create another list to…