Written October 10, 2014
While performances were excellent, you should read the novel first and then (soon!) see the film. The film doesn't follow the novel exactly, but very close, and reading it will help you appreciate some of the scenes that seem to run by a bit too quickly. But do go to see it -- like other Richler stories, Barney (without giving the film away) is searching to be a somebody, and here we see his version of his life juxtaposed with the version of others as he makes his way. Very thought-provoking (and very funny at turns), it will stay with you longer than you would expect.
Written February 01, 2011
This movie is an epic story of the life of Barney, an unremarkable every-man character, played wonderfully by Paul Giamatti. It's a movie about ethnic, cultural, occupation, sex, age, and health differences in people and about relationship stress caused by inability to cope well with those differences. Because of the stress element, it's not always an easy film to watch, but it does leave the viewer with a sense that alot has transpired over the two hour sitting!
Written February 16, 2011
This movie sneaks up on you with all the wild ways of a rich young life, hard work, hard drinking and wild women, however you don't realise that gradually things are changing all the time. The acting is excellent and the directer on his first movie having done a lot of good TV work proves that he is very capable of controlling a movie. The pacing and sure touch with the actors stands out. Maybe not for everybody, younger viewers or people with short attention spanswho need lots of action would not not sit still for 2 hours of this!
Written December 02, 2010
Written March 03, 2015
I loved this movie. "Barney," played by the wonderful Paul Giamatti, is a character one would dislike on paper, but be rendered defenseless once you meet him. Once again a simply brilliant performance, matched by those of the luminous Rosamund Pike and ever-engaging Dustin Hoffman. I
I saw it twice!