[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 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.
Diferente dos seus outros filmes, está em jogo o ato de conhecer pessoas diferentes e compartilhar experiências com elas. Isso está em Milk, mas é tão dilacerado pela quantidade de amizades que se torna fraco no geral. O que é bastante acentuado, como em Milk, é a coesão narrativa que o filme apresenta (diferente de Last Days, Elefante, Gerry). Os usos das músicas reforçam esse caráter narrativo, funcionando para obter sentimentos exatos (sem abstrações).
Temos também os adolescentes, a câmera funcionando de uma maneira excessivamente não-participativa (menos nos casos em que ela tem liberdade, como em um plano zenital com o casal, na risca de giz, e quando a câmera faz panorâmicas para revelar um plano-detalhe), porém, de um modo…
catching up on mia wasikowska films i've missed.
this is a minor gus van sant film, with a script that thinks a bit too highly of itself. it wants to be 'harold and maude' but ends up as a less pertinent 'fault in our stars'
i did enjoy it though, mostly thanks to the actors. henry hopper is a more adorable james franco.
Teenager Enoch spends his time playing Battleships with his friend Hiroshi. He is also, for reasons which become apparent later, a funeral crasher. At one such memorial service he encounters Annabel, another teenager who sketches birds in her spare time and seems sympathetic to Enoch despite his decidedly odd behaviour. They strike up a friendship which soon develops into something deeper.
Van Sant returns to the big screen with this melancholy tale of teen romance. Unlike his Gerry, this has a light tone throughout and leans toward hope while addressing serious themes. As well as love, death and loss are the key talking points for the two teens, both of whom are in search of meaning to their irrevocably disrupted…
pretentious romance movie that i actually liked.
the concept is so abstract that it appears pretentious but if you think about it, its very sadly relatable. Death is scary.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Amigos, se juntan para ir a funerales. Ella está muy enferma.
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