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…
incredible, incredible movie, even after watching it for the 3rd time
It's just really nice and heartwarming and funny. Also can watch it more than once.
I'd been putting this film off for a while. The Intouchables comes hand in hand with the word 'uplifting', a descriptor which lends itself handily to the schmaltzy, forgettable nonsense of Sunday afternoon BBC2, or anything with Oprah Winfrey in it. Fortunately it's the good kind of uplifting, an easy watch with laughs, smiles, and not too much cheesiness.
The lead characters, Phillipe and Driss, are both well-acted, and their wise-cracks land pretty consistently. They way they interact is believable and thoroughly enjoyable to watch, even if Driss' background feels a little clichéd, and the story itself feels a little contrived. Of course, being based on a true story, the film gets away with this - although I'd be interested…
Films like this are the reason people get so angry about shitty Michael Bay flicks. Funny, charming, amazing writing, brilliant performances across the board and Paris isn't a bad looking backdrop. Would have liked to see a bit more of the storyline about Driss's family, feel like that might have ended up on the editing room floor, but other than that; perfect.
Beautiful, touching and a joy to watch.
A modern masterpiece, you could cast the two leads 100 times and still not find chemistry as genuine as cluzet and sy. When watching it you simply don't want the journey to end.
What a beautiful movie. I don't often get close to tears but this movie did it. It was the perfect balance of humour and drama, without tumbling into heart wrenching darkness like I expected it to. Wonderfully cast (with a french Dustin Hoffman), the script was hilarious, the pacing excellent. One of the best movies I've watched this year.
After seeing how everyone I know seemed to like this film about a Senegalese man bonding with a quadriplegic, rich Frenchman, I thought I was going to hate this film. The reason for that is last time a popular feel-good film, Silver Linings Playbook, crept under everyone else's skin, I turned out to not like that one, as I found it too clichéd despite its very serious subject matter. Fortunately enough, though, this film turned out to be great, even though I do have some gripes about it.
The chemistry between Omar Sy as Driss/Bakari and Francois Cluzet as Philippe is one of the many saving graces about this film. The meeting of two different cultures that we see between…
The kind of film that will be watched every year at Christmas, at least in France. It's funny, heartfelt, uplifting, and guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. At its heart it's a film about the joys of escaping yourself, and what it takes to truly do that. Outside it's a story of brotherhood and understanding. There are many like it but none are as genuine as this.
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…