Written September 28, 2009
Nothing against the summer fare of explosions and car chases, but I have wanted a movie that shows something...distinctly human in a modern way. This is it. While Cloive Owen is the star, he does such a fine job that one doesn't think of it as "his" movie--it's more ensemble. Touches on issues that feel real, in a concise yet subtle way: loss of a loved one, and how it affects people differently, stages of grief, being a child of divorce, relationships with exes, relationships between the sexes, relationships between family members--all of it real, all of it reminding you that if you've gone through one of these experiences, you're not alone (even if you aren't as good-looking).
Written October 13, 2009
It's easy in a movie like The Boys are Back for the writer, director or actors to go overboard with sentimentality, wringing too much emotion from the audience. Thankfully they resisted that urge. What we really liked about the movie is that the emotions displayed by the family seemed exactly right. Who doesn't like Clive Owen? But we particularly liked the performance by the mother-in-law, the grandmother who lost her daughter. She could have been shown as a villain trying to replace her daughter as the parent, but she was so believable and likable as a grandmother trying to support her son-in-law in their mutual loss and protecting the children in trying circumstances. The screenplay was so poignant that when the movie was over, my wife, who is a cancer survivor, and I thought how lucky we are to have never divorced or encountered the issues faced by children of broken marriages.
This is a movie with a feel good ending, beautiful cinematography, great vistas of Australia.
Written September 30, 2009
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Written October 09, 2009
Serious, sad, very touching and occasionally funny, this well acted tale of the effects of death and divorce on various family members didn't need to say it was "inspired by a true story" to ring true. This beautifully filmed movie (shot mostly in Australia) moves at an appropriately slow pace and is a good choice for those seeking a wholesome film that any adult can relate to. It also has one line of dialogue that will stay with me for a long time: "There are plenty of people I can do things with...what I need is someone I can do nothing with." You have to see the movie to put that line in context and feel the underlying emotion, but if this were a big budget American film, I think it would rank up there with "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she has to enter mine" as one of the classic screen moments of heartache and loss.
Written September 22, 2009
It's hard to think of another actor who would have the courage to play such a sensitive role- Clive Owen delivers a touching performance in a very realistic glimpse of a family. The boys are also fantastic- a rare find. Hicks delivers a film that is refreshingly honest. Well done!