Grey Owl details
|Starring:||Stewart Bick, Annie Galipeau, Stephanie Cole, Renee Asherson, Pierce Brosnan|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Apr 2004|
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Wake me up when it's over...By Philip Concannon from London , 25 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Imagine how dull a Richard Attenborough epic on the subject of nature conservation could possibly be, then try to imagine a film twice as dull as that, you're still nowhere near the sheer mind-numbing boredom of 'Grey Owl'. If good intentions were all that mattered then 'Grey Owl' may be considered a masterpiece, unfortunately it's about as lifeless, passionless and directionless as films get.
You've got to feel sorry for Pierce Brosnan, his desire to play a character as far away from James Bond is palpable, so the part of a Native American must have seemed a great idea at the time. Unfortunately he looks like Bond with silly hair and his appearance is so ridiculous, it's impossible to watch him without laughing. Brosnan is hopelessly miscast here, his agonizing attempt at a Native American accent is a nasal blend of Irish, American and a few other places, as yet unspecified.
Grey Owl is a trapper who falls in love with a dopey girl called Pony(Annie Galipeau, speaking her lines as if it's her first time reading them). With the help of two cute little beavers, Pony opens Grey Owl's eyes to the importance of saving the animals. Grey Owl becomes a conservationist, going on tour to tell people that there's 'Not enough beaver left in the forest'(Stop giggling at the back).
Under Attenborough's guidance the film plods sloooowly towards the climax, with only a few unintentional comic highlights to lift the gloom. Pierce's war dance is a prticularly funny moment, along with his weeping over a dead beaver. Attenborough would probably be more at home making a nature documentary(The film is nothing if not handsomely shot), where he wouldn't need to worry about adding any momentum to the plot.
'Grey Owl' is a well-meaning but achingly dull film which can only be recommended to masochists, insomniacs or those looking for a few cheap beaver jokes.
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the bits I could see were so bad.......By lastengland (105 reviews) from Winchester , 07 Mar 2012had problems with the disc not working properly, but the bits I did manage to see how dull!. Pierce Brosnan was so bad - too stiff, & just didn't seem to 'fit' the role!
The real Archie was more 'rough-looking' than him.......should have found someone better.
Even my Mum fell asleep, which is not like her at all.
so sorry not one I would ever want to watch again which is sad as have read Grey Owl's book & the film just didn't give him justice.
A film of true qualityBy RayMcJock (2 reviews) , 18 Feb 2012I wish more films were made with the depth and quality that Grey Owl exhibits. A story with a point, beautifully acted - innocent but powerful scenes of emotion, love, fear, doubt...
I thought both lead actors (Pierce Brosnan and his female co-star) were awesome, but the it's the little beavers who really steal the show! :) Unbelievably cute.
Not worth watching if you are out for the all-action style movie, but if you love a good storyline, a bit of romance and a powerful true story - this is definitely for you
Worth watchingBy a customer from Muir of Ord , 17 Feb 2010This is a brilliant film!! While I agree with the other reviewers comments on Pierce Brosnan's accent, you get that in a lot of his films so learn to ignore it- plus, it could be argued he is playing a character from different backgrounds so his accent might well be a mongrel mix!
The cinematography is phenomenal - every scene beautifully shot with many that will take your breath away.
The story is based on a true one so no complaints there. The female lead, Pony, is beautiful and played her part well, as did many of the supporting cast. Native Americans and their ways were well represented without it becoming either saccharine or a polemic.
This is a story ahead of its time - many are only realising now the extent of the damage we have caused to the planet so Grey Owl was a lonely voice in the 30's. A truly beautiful film!
MovingBy a customer from England , 04 Aug 2009This film has a feel good factor, very well done.
an amazing story
Great promise but did not deliverBy dexy (17 reviews) from Farnborough , 07 Aug 2008A Richard Attenborough film is usually much coverted, i was always thereofre confused why this had not been spoken of much, having now viewed it i can see why, i wanted this to be at least good but was disappointed, Pierce Brosnan was miscast, would anyone really belive that he was a born and raised inhabitant. Great issue but it does not deliver as a spectacle, although the views are spectacular.