This very odd movie only manages 2 Icees out of 5. Perhaps this is a left-brain/right-brain thing, but if you’re not an overly creative person I just don’t know how you’re really going to get a lot more than just “eh” out of this movie. For the rest of us, this movie should have been ironed out before it was released (get it?).
Now I will say that as with all movies based on books, I did not read the book, so my review is based solely on the movie itself. Perhaps that’s why I just didn’t get many things of this movie. For example, who refers to their brother as “Charles Wallace”? Charles, Chuck, Charley… those I get. Charles Wallace on the other hand makes no sense whatsoever.
It was kind of obvious that this came from a book because it seems that the director wanted you to fill in the gaps (and there were many) yourself. However, for those of us that did not read the book, this movie was almost impossible to make any sense of. Again, maybe it’s that left/right brain thing but the acceptance of strange people walking into your home, or just walking into what appears to be an abandoned house… none of that makes any sense.
I have a friend who absolutely loved this movie, and I’m not really sure why (even though she tried to explain it to me). Reading on rottentomatoes.com it is obvious that most people (critics and audience) disliked the movie horribly and I won’t go that far. Visually, there was some very exquisite scenes and some of the outfits were beautiful. Reese Witherspoon gave the best performance of all of the actors (and that’s not saying much in this film) with Deric McCabe (Charles Wallace) doing a much better job than actors his age normally do. Otherwise the acting was either “odd”, over the top or just plain dull.
I’d recommend waiting until this comes out on Redbox and only renting it if you’re the creative left-brain type. The rest of us… well, just let this one pass.
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