[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…
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.
The rating is this high only because of Mia Wasikowska's cute haircut. This was empty twee garbage without any heart. Henry Hopper's character was so whiny and selfish and thoroughly unlikeable. Mia was alright but her "movie cancer" was absurd. Save yourself the trouble and rewatch Harold and Maude instead, a movie this film clearly and desperately wishes it was.
I sure fucking was
"Immer ihr Weißen, alles müsst ihr anfassen."
Hat mich leider nicht gekriegt. Überambitioniert wäre das Wort was mir hier als erstes einfallen würde. Einzig das "sprachlose" Ende fand ich toll umgesetzt.
Anmerkung am Rande: Henry Hopper (der mir echt gut gefiel) hat mich die ganze Zeit, sowohl von der Mimik als auch vom Aussehen her, nein, nicht an seinen Vater Dennis, sondern an Owen Wilson erinnert.
Dialoggewitter der Kategorie Schnarchnase.
This is a typical indie drama full of indie clichés from beginning to end, but with a Gus Van Sant taste to it. An irritating film that tests the viewer's patience and capacity to stand a protagonist who is so selfish, immature, ill-mannered and obnoxious. Not enough, the conflicts are all artificial and ridiculous.
Harold & Maude meet Faults in our Stars... I'm not sure how I feel about this.
Restless tries to borrow from films like Harold and Maude and fails spectacularly. It drags, feels forced and there's really no other plot than kids dying and acting like a couple of idiots. If it's better than the Fault in Our Stars I don't know because I refuse to see it.
I see dead people...
Enoch Brae: We have so little time to say the things we mean.
A boy with emotional baggage and an imaginary friend one day meets a sweet girl with a brain tumor and only months to live. She is the moonchild to this story - a light, positive spirit that descends upon a weary world and brightens it for a time. He, despite his clouded head, is the grounding force in this story - always connected to the average pain of life - and ultimately the main character through whom we witness her brightness.
I found these characters to be unrealistic archtypes from the very beginning, and the way their relationship develops with contrived ease is far from how I would describe reality. But I'm not sure if I want to criticize that.…
Thought this might be an interesting coda to Van Sant's "death trilogy" and thought it might have some of the energy and inventiveness that was on display in Milk which proceeded it. Perhaps Milk was the real coda? So very one note which is about the worst thing a film can be. And a film from a good filmmaker no less! The only thing worth attention is the fact that this was the last film that legendary cinematographer Harris Savides got to see all the way to completion. And even so, not his best work.
Who cares about your favourite 100 films when your most hated 100 is far more interesting and illuminating. If I…
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?