[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…
''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…
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.
Perhaps Restless ' greatest offense is how likable Gus Van Sant attempts to display his character as, and how much he fails.
Yes it is a little cliched, and a little predictable. And yes there is a ghost character who the main character can see. And yes the other main character has cancer and is going to die.
But Gas Van Sant always find a way to make films works. Especially when they are about teenagers. He has the ability to make films about teenagers feel real, and when they are not so real, like this one, he still makes the film be good. The film is not perfect, or amazing, but it is good, and it is likeable and enjoyable to watch.
Mika Wasikowska was really good in her role, playing her character subtlety. I…
"Mia Wasikowska dresses up like Diane Keaton and talks about birds" the movie.
It takes some time to get absorbed into Restless, especially as it's rather despondent throughout. Ultimately, the sad but endearing story of how a funeral crashing teen obsessed (or rather traumatized) by death (Hopper, who is good) falls in love with terminally ill Wasikowska (great), is one worth watching To add quirkiness to the set up (would it be a Van Sant movie if it didn't?), this teen's best friend seems to be the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze, played well by Ryo Kase. Jason Lew's script is lovely and expresses well the angst of Hopper's character and stoicism of Wasikowska's.
da série "filmes que começam bem mas que acabam MUITO mal".
A sweet, slight romance between two disaffected teenagers, one of whom has terminal cancer, while the other is haunted by the ghost of a WWII Japanese kamikaze. The film borders on twee (the kids' hyper-specific obsessions, their impossibly amazing vintage wardrobes), but it won me over thanks to the thoroughly charming performances from the three leads, and Van Sant's usual assured direction. It won't change your life but it will make you smile a bit.
I've avoided watching Gas Van Sant's Restless for years; mainly because of supposedly how terrible it is. I guess I watched a completely different film to everyone else...
This is a wonderfully performed and frequently tender study of young love and ill heath that is filtered with poignancy and alternative humour.
Personally I don't think Van Sant is an amazing filmmaker - To Die For, Elephant, Good Will Hunting- they are great, but his filmography is filled with bumbling misfires.
I've always admitted that I'm a sucker for bumbling indie types so perhaps this kooky tale is up my street, but regardless of that fact, Restless is eons better than what many have suggested.
Lowered expectations meant i certainly didn't hate this film like so many did. But oh no! Watch out for the doctor, he's Lau from The Dark Knight, the guy who runs off to Hong Kong with all the money. He doesn't sing in this one either.*
*Harvey Dent promised that he would get Lau to sing. I expected a My Fair Lady type sequence with Dent teaching Lau to sing before he presented Lau to Gordon and Batman. Nope. Probably better off.
This indie romantic drama tries hard to drive home a message about love being harder than death, but instead comes off as mopey and filled with a bit too much teen angst. The story was a rather simple one but there were some odd quirks thrown in, like ghosts, and also some aspects of the story that were introduced but never fully explored. Mia Wasikowska was great in her role as usual but her character felt a bit pretentious and was too much of a manic pixie dream girl to be believable. Henry Hopper struggled a bit in the lead but was still decent, although his character was equally pretentious and came off as disrespectful. The film did have its moments of being genuinely sad but it felt a little heavy handed and was a bit too sappy overall, especially the ending.
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- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- FRED: The Movie
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