The Savages details
|Starring:||Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour, Tonye Patano|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 May 2008|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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Subtle & credibleBy MariElaina (27 reviews) from Bury St. Edmunds , 01 Jun 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Considering the subject matter being dementia of an abusive, estranged, elderly parent & his self absorbed dysfunctional adult son & daughter, I found this film to be interestingly understated & without the usual tear jerking sentimentalism that often accompanies those films dealing with the final days of cruel illness.
I felt this film was more about how Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) & Wendy (Laura Linney) his sister, each dealt with & eventually came to terms with the situation thrust upon them. I though their acting was superb & totally credible, neither over or under playing their roles. Whilst Jon displayed his practical, somewhat skeptical & dour maleness, Wendy's emotions covered guilt, confusion & self esteem in a convincing & very feminine way.
Both benefited from their enforced time together & so a positive future ensued.
I was impressed by the direction of Tamara Jenkins, especially with the natural & subtle way that humour was introduced.
If you like thoughtful films that explore humankind, you will probably enjoy this one.
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The Savage SavagesBy a customer from Sudbury , 23 Dec 2009A subtle, understated, unsentimental movie, as other reviewers have said - but it packs a very powerful (if not savage!) punch. It explores the brother and sister's 'journey' from blighted people towards a greater understanding and openness towards life, unflinchingly and with moments of superb black humour. If you are looking for something emotional, cathartic and reassuring - this, despite the ending - is not it! If you are a fan of drama that is exceptionally well-written, acted and directed, and invites the audience to think as well as feel - and as far as possible does not manipulate, this should be high on your list. A clear-eyed, intelligent, truthful film.
Emotional but real!By a customer from Tadley , 22 Dec 2009Emotional but real! Great acting, great film, quirky in some places. i can see this being very true to life. Reminded me how good to my Granddad i am!
the savagesBy oxymoron55 (1 review) from barcombe , 05 Nov 2009A vastly uderrated film. Complex, with three key themes: family relationships, death and underachievement. The three come together and combine to create realistic, tense but ultimately optimistic resolution. The acting is excellent, and the backstories fill out the characters in a way that makes them totally believable.
The interplay between laura linney and seymour hoffman is what drives the film. Hoffman is a really unselfish actor, and brings out the best in those around him; neither tries to steal scenes but work well for each other.
Its a film worth watching twice, to more enjoy and appreciate the quality of the acting.
I strongly recommend it.
more to it than meets the eyeBy a customer from Bristol , 12 Oct 2009An intelligent delve into the Sibling Relationship. Much enjoyed.
a bit dullBy cuey08 (23 reviews) from Cirencester , 30 Sep 2009funny in parts but not really worth watching the entire movie for. very slow moving and a poor attempt at 'thought provoking'