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|Starring:||Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Rebecca Codling, Chris Cooper, Pauline Crawford, Rachel McAdams|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Jan 2009|
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A disappointing and unrewarding experienceBy a customer from Edinburgh, Scotland , 02 Feb 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]Set in the late 1940s, this is quite a pointless attempt at, well, being an enjoyable film. It is quite harmless really, but that in itself is quite a crime. With the talent involved, it is not wrong to expect something with a little more substance.
Chris Cooper plays Harry, who is having an affair with a glamourous young widow (played by Rachel McAdams), but is torn about how to split from his current wife, Pat, played by Patricia Clarkson. He has the bright idea that she couldn't possibly recover from a divorce and would never find happiness if Harry left her, so Harry's solution is to... kill her. Of course. What a wonderful idea...
Pierce Brosnan's character, Ritchie, narrates the film (a pointless feature which adds nothing) and the former Bond smirks his way through the movie in a very unchallenging role for him (check out existential western Seraphim Falls for Brosnan's career best...). Chris Cooper is excellent as always, making quite a pathetic character at least sympathetic, of sorts - but he is far better than this material. Patricia Clarkson will not earn an easier paycheque, I suspect, than with this quite inconsequential role. Rachel McAdams, with a suitably Monroe-esque blonde rinse, is the surprise here - a performance of restraint and tenderness, hers is the most impressive showing.
But good grief, this is a silly trite little movie. Go and watch something like Bright Young Things or Gosford Park instead, for a period movie with a sombre twist.
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Sunday night viewingBy a customer , 20 Jan 2013Easy watching for a sunday night. If you enjoy slow films in which not much happens (as I do) then watch this.
Mid-life, leaving wife, causes strifeBy SusieP (130 reviews) from Leeds , 19 Oct 2011Study of a man in mid-life crisis that will resonate with many middle aged, long-term married people. A very well acted four-hander, with an excellent performance by Chris Cooper as the man struggling to find a way out of his marriage in what he thinks is the least hurtful way and Pierce Brosnan as his friend who observes this disaster waiting to happen and has his own agenda. Patricia Clarkson is very good as the wife who will be distraught if her husband leaves - or will she? I did think Rachel McAdam was mis-cast as the 'other woman' though. Although this film won't be to everyone's taste - it is long on dialogue and short on action - you do want to watch it to the end to find out what happens to all these characters, and for me it was enhanced by the narration throughout by Pierce Brosnan, which gave it a real 40s film-noir feel.
MARRIED LIFEBy a customer , 03 May 2011Very stagey and overdone in places but as a piece it does work on its own merits .
The cast are very,very good.
Pierce WrongsomeBy a customer from Midlands , 21 Nov 2010This is not Brosnan's best film. It is a slow burner and seems more like a play that a film.
The narration also gets in the way as it tells you what to expect and so makes the film lose its impact.
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not badBy a customer from Plymouth , 13 May 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidedidnt mind this movie i managed to watch it. i watched it thinking that the husband was gonna kill his wife all the way through the film but it was nice to see a twist i didnt expect to happen. it was nice for a change