Written July 25, 2014
I'm guessing the professional critics love this movie because it is an intelligent and entertaining departure from their normal diet of mindless action and rom-com movies. What the normal viewer will find is a quirky, almost surreal journey of interesting characters. The film moves along in a subdued manner that alternates between excitement, melancholy and sweetness. The acting is great, including a reminder that Bruce Willis doesn't need to get bloodied to get our attention. If you're in the mood for something different, give this one a try.
Written July 02, 2012
Went to this movie with my wife , nephew and long time friend. Knew from the start it was going to be an extremely well done cinematic trip. We laughed till our eyes watered at times and never knew where the movie was going to take us next. There is so much attention to detail in this flick, and the cinematography is amazing. Douglas Aibel, who did the casting in this movie is a genius and the young actors are outstanding. The movie has somewhat of a Terry Gilliamesque feel to it with great offbeat characters. The only thing that was strange is how we we're the only ones laughing in the theater and clapping at the end. We just chalked it up to the other viewers not getting it, you know, no turds floating in a pool, or flatulence.
Written July 04, 2012
With all the high tech special effects movies out there or the gross out teen movies, this was a strange but entertaining movie about troubled kids in love for the first time, and all the weird things they go through. It was sort of a fantasy type of movie, but very enjoyable.
Written July 07, 2012
If you've loved his past films, then you will love this one. This film is a bit more laid back than his previous films, and unfortunately there is a lack of Kinks music in this one. But this should not deter you from going to see it. It is still a wonderful first love story, told Wes Andersen style. Go see it.
Written June 17, 2012
I usually don't bother to do reviews of products, movies, etc - but I had to make an exception in this case. This film was awful to the point I feel it's my duty to warn people.
I tend to like odd, quirky movies. Magnolia may be my favorite. Also love the Cohen Brothers, Malik, etc.
This, however, while quirky, is devoid of emotion and meaning. There is no reason to care for any of the characters - and I didn't. Had no vested interest in any of them. In fact, the characters weren't developed at all. They were two-dimensional and hollow caricatures more than people.
The cast is made up of fantastic actors/actresses, but that made no difference here. There is no meaningful dialog, and so the cast wasn't really asked to do anything rather than making strange faces while being filmed.
It literally felt like it was 4 hours long. This is right up there with The Messanger one of the very worst films I have ever seen.