I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.
A true story of two men who should never have met - a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Lets get the inevitable insults out of the way now. Yes, I may well be one or more of the following things:
A heartless and cynical git
A contrarian arse
A joyless misanthropic bastard
A humourless speccy twat
I have read countless reviews assuring me that Intouchables is not as emotionally manipulative as its TV Movie of the Week synopsis would suggest, yet sadly the film is everything I feared it would be. It might well be the highest rated film of 2012 but I think I must be pre-programmed to have an adverse reaction to such feelgood stories. This 'true life’story should warm my cold dead heart and tickle my arthritic funny bone yet it barely raised a smile…
5 minutes in I knew this film would be great.
15 minutes in I knew this film would make my top 10 of 2012.
Fantastic in every way possible, I urge anyone who hasn't seen this yet to do so.
Every moment you're not smiling during this movie, you're probably laughing...
Oh the Flair, the Incredible Natural Flair of this impeccably beautiful film, I can never get enough of.
Intouchables is like Middlemist’s Red Camellia.
So rarely does a film provide so much hope, such brightness and such a special and inimitable on screen relationship with splendorous effervescence. Every character and characteristic of this film is as colourful and as vibrant as a Monet Landscape.
So rarely does a film poignantly elucidate a human being, no matter what comes, must never let go off his charisma, determination and the ability to touch people’s hearts, change their lives to betterment, with words, with endearing demeanour, humbleness and humaneness.
So rarely does a film have such a spellbinding aura that is unquestionably genuine.…
It is an astonishing accomplishment that this film isn't a big, sappy, melodramatic mess. What it is, though, is one of the most heartwarming and genuinely funny films I've ever seen.
The story can only be based on true events, because if it had been thought up it would have been a cliché. The writer's hand does show through some static in the plot, but it doesn't detract anything from what the film is really about, the unexpected friendship between two polar opposites.
As trite as stories about this basest human connection are, when they are told as well as they are here, they are irresistible. It has everything to do with the…
Warning! This movie is emotionally manipulative and sketches stereotypical portraits of the people in it that border on racism. Also, it is a very fine feel-good comedy that effectively touches the sweet spot in one’s heart whilst simultaneously curling your lips into a smile. In other words, cut the guys in and around this movie some slack already. François Cluzet puts down an admirable performance - as it is not easy to impersonate a role without using the full extent of your body - and the chemistry between him and Omar Sy is pretty much flawless. I think that the French directors duo knew that they weren’t going to pull off the greatest drama in the history of film more…
Like eating a chocolate éclair, The Intouchables is a sweet & gooey experience that's likely to leave you with a big smile on your face. But, just like eating a whole box of said choux dough pastries, the film's lighthearted & irreverent approach towards the subject of disability sits uncomfortably on your stomach.
[originally written on my blog]
Reviewed for Las Vegas Weekly, where I didn't have enough space to sigh heavily, for example, at the way this pandering mediocrity twice employs the tired routine where you cut from someone insisting that under no circumstances will he [do whatever] directly to a shot of him in fact [doing whatever]. Nor was I able to properly address the question of racism, and in particular answer the reasonable-sounding assertion made by one annoyed French journalist, viz. that The Intouchables commits no ostensible offense or sin that can't also be found in Beverly Hills Cop. I would invite that journalist to take a good look at the scene in this film that has Driss dancing…
Some scenes were really funny but it just panders to sadness and emotions way too much. French praise it so much yet I can't see why. It's an okay comedy, nothing more.
Maravillosa, sorprendente, sincera, memorable: Creo que desde ''Silver Linings Playbook'' (2012) no disfrutaba de una comedia dramática como lo hice con ''The Intouchables'', en un ejercicio peculiar de las relaciones humanas y el valor de la amistad por encima de los impedimentos o prejuicios.
Cluzet y Sy son tan fabulosos como creíbles, es imposible no encariñarte con la historia de ambos y las risas, ¡ni se diga! En el apartado jocoso, Omar se lleva los aplausos por mayoría y solo queda rendirnos a su natural encanto.
Para la exquisitez, Vivaldi, para alegrar un cumpleaños: ¡Kool & The Gang!
A movie for EVERYONE. To laugh, cry, and be happy afterwards.
Loved the collision of cultures and music in this film. The opening scene of speed, power and fun all to Earth, Wind & Fire's September song needed to be seen twice. I did not expect much from this film but ended up being very moved. I loved how the two main characters ended up exposing and helping each other face their real life fears and limits. After the film was over I was surprised at how many tears and laughs the movie pulled out of me.
At times it's moving, joyful and funny (although not to a very high level), but some others (more frequent than the others) it's unbelievable, cheap and manipulative, with a friendship that seems artificial. At least it's not that to an insulting level. It's still an entretaining, nice-acted film.
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With so many reviews on the site now it is easy to miss the good ones so I thought a…
The current list from imdb.com (updated regularly; last on January 18th; compared to 7th of April).
I'm sure that The…