The Hotel New Hampshire details
|Starring:||Joely Richardson, Anita Morris, Seth Green, Nastassja Kinski, Matthew Modine, Beau Bridges, Amanda Plummer, Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe, Wilford Brimley|
|Genre:||Drama - Comedy|
The Hotel New Hampshire
|Run time:||1 hour 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Feb 2004|
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Uninspired adaptation ........By Hurdlemagurdle (79 reviews) from Glasgow , 01 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]If you havn't already read the book then don't get this film out. You need to have read the book. It is an excellent book but one which doesn't lend itself to adaptation. Which makes you wonder why they even tried? They take a linear approach to the timeline and simplify the story at every opportunity. The acting isn't bad - although Rob Lowe is wooden and Jodie Foster is miscast - overall disappointing.
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Hotel New HampshireBy stulaine (21 reviews) from Dartmouth , 19 May 2009Disk was faulty after the fourth chapter it froze.
A miracle in miniatureBy a customer from Ceredigion, UK , 20 Apr 2009Somehow this big rambling book has been fitted into a standard length movie and retains a great deal of John Irving's humour, charm and eccentricity. Good comic timing and terrific individual performances from the brat packers make a crowd pleaser out of this odd, yet engaging, story.
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Deservedly obscureBy a customer from London , 04 Feb 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideJohn Irving manages the swift transitions between tragedy and comedy in his books by maintaining an even, measured prose. You might have expected director Tony Richardson to come up with a visual language to match this; instead he plays it as broad farce, with thick slices of Offenbach to indicate the presence of an Emotional Moment. Rape! Incest! Suicide! Murder! This is either incompetant or a sour joke at our expense, although you may be distracted by the berserk attempt to squeeze every notable episode from the novel into 100mins. The acting is pretty good though (except for Wallace Shawn who is dreadful as always).
Gradual StudentsBy Moz from Shermer, Illinois , 02 May 2007This movie misses the point of John Irving SO much less that the Robin Williams movie of Garp. It evokes huge tranches of the surficial Irving metier - Bears, Wrestling, Vienna, Death -and unlike Garp, it deals with the Vienna thing by actually moving the setting to Vienna - rather than Garp's New York, which is hardly the same.
Kinski is actually superb as Susie the Bear, and Amanda Plummer convinces totally as the neurotic Marxist terrorist. You can almost see how the casting for Fisher King took place, based on the provenance of this movie.
As for the note-for-note, sequential reproduction of the book. Why is that a problem? People so often whine about adaptations that stray - here's one that doesn't, and look - people are whining. Just enjoy it.
BrilliantBy a customer from aldershot , 04 Feb 2007I loved it and surprizingly my husband did too (he is normally into horror and action films) THNH was weird, wacky, completely mad, funny and sad. I have not read the book, which is perhaps a good thing according to some of the reviews. Anyway, if you like films that are a little eccentric then this film is certainly one to try.