Ballad Of Jack And Rose details
|Starring:||Ryan McDonald, Catherine Keener, Jason Lee, Jena Malone, Beau Bridges, Camilla Belle, Paul Dano, Susanna Thompson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Susann|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
Ballad Of Jack And Rose
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Aug 2006|
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creepy!By KATIE from Belfast, N.Ireland , 11 May 2007
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[Highly rated reviewer]Thinking this was going to be a heart felt, poinient tale of family love, betrayal and belonging, I was dissapointed. I found the main character, Jack's acting really creepy. His relationship with his daughter Rose, is supposed to be intense fatherly love but their father daughter relationship is so badly acted that it was unbelievable. The result is a creepy old paedophile and a flirty teenager - really uncomfortable.
The two 'step sons' put in excellent performances which nearly save the day, but with the two main characters being so off the boil, it is beyond saving
All too plastic an approach to what could have been a simple but beautiful story. In their attempts to make the whole thing romantic, picturesque and pretty, even the location and settings were OTT and unbelievable. Another badly put together American schmultsy film. Don't bother!
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Excellent but too subtle for some?By isaac1955 (2 reviews) , 24 Apr 2012Some people seem to dislike this film because it isn't a nice romantic fairy-tale. It's something much more than that: a subtle critique of sixties hippie idealism and its destructive effects on lives. Daniel Day Lewis is first-rate as the ageing hippy father whose pretensions, deceits, hypocrisy, holier-than-thou arrogance, selfishness and snobbery are unpeeled. The sixties dream is consigned to the flames (literally) but the idealistic core is salvaged. An under-rated gem.
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Painful to watch.By NickGamer (39 reviews) from Aylesbury , 04 Feb 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI gave this 2 and 1/2 stars and I think this is quite generous considering the painful acting. If you single each actor out on their own they are propably not that bad, its together as a pair that they seem very unsuited.
The story line was weird.
A man who is sick, lives in a house built into the ground. He has a daughter that hasnt been to school since she was 11.
There is definatly a sociology lesson here. The mother. Where is she and what happened to her? The devestating effect of her not being there on the psyche of these two people. They became unnaturally close to eachother. The daughter becomes the wife and mother and when someone else steps into the house, it turns her life upside down.
There is a scene where the daughter goes into a cubboard and looks through a spy hole into her fathers bedroom. I couldnt for the life of me reason this one out. Why on earth is there a hole where she can look at what her dad is doing?! And the scene with them kissing had me cringing in my seat.
No this is not a movie I would recommend to anyone and I wouldnt want to watch it ever again.
Offbeat and engrossing but ultimately unsatisfyingBy danieljparsons (118 reviews) from Ashford , 13 Jun 2011A would-be poetic, pretty pretentious film struggling for the stamp of tragedy, The Ballad of Jack and Rose is fairly original but also a bit of a mess.
Single father Jack lives on an island on the East Cost of the US, where once there was a thriving commune, with his young daughter Rose (Rose's mother left when she was five). Jack is dying from heart disease and is worried about leaving Rose alone, so invites his lover Kathleen and her sons to come live with them. Having lived alone with her father for most of her life, Rose is hostile to the idea and, because of her isolation, has problems communicating with anyone or expressing herself. As she is also in the throws of her sexuality, her erratic behaviour often has bizarre consequences and her relationship with her father becomes more complex.
The film comes alive when Kathleen and her two sons come to the island, and it's the trio of these three performances - Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, and especially, Ryan McDonald as Rodney - that most convince. Their characters are well written and far more interesting than the oedipal complexities of Jack and Rose. Unfortunately, as the title suggests, the story concentrates on Jack and Rose, the opening half-hour establishing mood and foreshadowing like there's no tomorrow (and it felt that way in some places) and the final third delivering on this to little effect. It's no fault of the actors who portray Jack and Rose (Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle are both typically good), but their story just never generated enough interest in me and I wished that the other characters weren't disposed of so uncaringly.
Worth watching for the performances alone; the film also has nice turns from Jason Lee and an almost unrecognisable Jena Malone.
Bag Of Mashings!By blackgal (211 reviews) from Worksop , 03 Apr 2010One of the worst films ever and I usually like Daniel Day Lewis! Very bad acting and the storyline is virtually non existent. Wasted hours that I can never get back. I strongly do not recommend this film.
It is what it says on the tinBy Risekr (11 reviews) from Hampshire , 02 Apr 2010A ballad. Long, slow, heartfelt, tragedy, comedy, life....
Always a fan of DDL and his work. He never disappoints. Paul Dano continues to go up in my ratings. Every film I see him in he brings a certain je ne sais quoi.
He's not handsome but his teenage smarminess works.