Just saw this during the weekend!
Title: A Long Way Down
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Writers: Jack Thorne (screenplay), Nick Hornby (novel)
Release date: 30th of May 2014 (Estonia)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette
Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.
As usual, I haven’t read the book, but the premise of this movie sounded like a wonderful and ideal mix of heartwarming and humor with lots of feels and tears. And while, it was all that, the levels of these components were surprisingly low. I find it really sad, because it had so much promise!
So why am I whining again and why the movie was left lacking? Firstly, there were four main characters with their own tales of woe, but the attention wasn’t distributed fairly in my opinion or despite the attention the person just couldn’t reach me with his/her issues or a mix of those, eg. Jess was given lots of attention and while I was fond of her character (the most colorful of the bunch no doubt) and her issues were heartbreaking and aroused sympathy, they didn’t really move me as much as the problems of Maureen.
Another issue I’ve had with such movies in the past – this is a drama and comedy, but the balance of these is somewhat off. The humor was slightly lackluster and I would have hoped for more gut-wrenching angst and emotions. And, overall, as I mentioned, there should have been more emotion moving gimmicks, more emphasis on the struggles and more significance to when all was solved. I guess it’s just a matter of perception.
There were, however also, aspects I liked:
The characters, the lives they led and reasons to end them were realistic and diverse. I felt for Maureen the most because it didn’t only wear at her emotionally, but her entire life revolved around it. I’m quite sad that JJ wasn’t really developed enough as a whole and his reason, whilst the most intriguing to me and I think an underrated and little talked about issue in today’s society in general, didn’t really materialize to the extent I would have hoped.
I loved the final scene, where it’s like… this and that... and it’s so cute and jolly and then they were there together and it was just so predictable, but incredibly sweet nonetheless, and everything was just… perfect! A great ending that left me smiling after the movie was over – and in the end, isn’t that what matters?
Why is Imogen Poots so unbelievably adorable in this (not only in this movie, I find her so bubbly cute everywhere else as well)? From the way she looks to the way she talks and dresses, etc. I guess I connected with her the most, but she did come across too over-the-top and not fitting with the others/tone/movie at times for some reason. I can’t really pinpoint why.
Martin – I didn’t like him as a person, but he was more like the comic relief character anyway.
I’m sorry, but Aaron Paul felt so out of place and simply didn’t fit with the feel of the movie or the character. It seems, however though, that it was simply the fault of the way he was written. He was one of the characters that definitely needed more detail and attention.
Maureen – A role model to all, plus she was done justice beautifully by the Toni Collette. Subtle and shy, yet the most heartstring tugging character.
It had so much potential to be an emotional tears of sadness and also joy movie, but it didn’t entirely deliver. Nevertheless, I still liked the movie and while not getting the emotional reactions from me that it should have, I was still feeling happy and sad and… satisfied that I went to see the it.