|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Philip Baker Hall, April Grace, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Miriam Margolyes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Blackman, Orlando Jones, Tom Cruise, Luis Guzman, Melinda Dillon|
|Director:||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||3 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Sep 2007|
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mixed views..By Daniel Johnson from london, UK , 23 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I have trouble reviewing films like this. I was really unsure what rating to give this.
It is, without doubt, a very inventive piece of filmmaking from Paul Thomas Andersen.. the characters are well developed and the storylines are interesting. At the beginning you feel a bit confused, but then you realise that the film isn't asking too much of it's audience, you just need to sit back and enjoy the different storylines (some of which collide later on, but not in some important Tarantinoesque way, they just naturally collid).
So, if I was to be a typical film buff I could call this film genius and all the rest of it; but I will restrain myself because the truth is.. I didn't enjoy it enough.
The film is 2hr 54mins long.. after two hours it does start to drag; despite the nine different stories going on. I'd say the first two hours are very very good, very original (well, maybe.. it does afterall steal quite heavily from Altman's 'Short Cuts') and entertaining.. but towards the end it just seems to try and be a bit too deep. The character arcs are a bit too blatent and the audience is force-fed this emotional journey of self-discovery within the characters. These moments of self-realisation could have been a little bit more subtle. I mean- anyone who is truly enjoying 'Magnolia' is going to be a film fan who can intelligently read the text- therefore there's no need to turn to a layman piece of filmmaking near the end. Unfortunately, it did.. and that bothers me. It bothers me because i'd already sat there for over two hours and I thought the film was the greatest thing ever.. and then it dipped quite strongly.
That's just my opinion. By all means- see it, make up your own minds.. afterall any film by this writer-director is always going to be worth seeing.
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Worth a watch - but not much happensBy a customer , 12 Nov 2013This is a movie, which keeps you wanting to watch it to the end, but nothing really happens. It was a good watch, but a bit disappointing. Non of the characters are likable, and it also went on a bit.
Not very interestingBy a customer , 21 Jul 2013The acting was very good but the storyline was incoherent. I kept hoping it would improve - unfortunately it didn't.
Overly LongBy FilmFagot (1 review) , 06 Jun 2013Was brilliant and engaging up until the last hour where the film unravelled into a bit of a mess. It seemed to me like the director was trying to make a point with an intentionally clunky ending, but whatever that point was sailed right over my head and I could only see it for what it was.
Long but worth the watchBy shugsmum (7 reviews) , 05 Apr 2013Rented this film having heard Chris Evans wax lyrical about it on radio 2. I'm no film buff and hadn't heard of writer or producer but settled to watch it with an open mind. Somewhat confusing at first but once I got to grips with themes/subplots found it an enjoyable watch. Slightly hard to believe at some points (lost gun and frogs) but overall found it to be well constructed and poignant. Shows the strength of character from some angles and the fact that good can be found in even the most embittered people. Long but worth the watch.
Good Honest Film MakingBy karenscottie (5 reviews) , 28 Mar 2013Enjoyed this film,real actors/actress none of that fakery,everyone that was cast had a true purpose in the film. Basically we've all got our problems,and in lots of ways we are all connected. Some people more than others. You need to watch this film alone or have plenty of piece and quite to hear the dialogue.