Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)2008
Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)
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Fraser and Sharp have structured the film, and the cast interpret it, so that comedy and poignancy are intertwined to the last; even as all is revealed, a sense of wonder remains.
This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era - not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural - delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience.
I can't see too many children taking advantage of the U certificate. The measured performances look stiff and theatrical. A stifling fable with the rhythm of a grandfather clock.
This is a charming and eccentric little family comedy for the older generation. It's like a Werther's Original sweet that's for grandpa only.
In Dean Spanley Peter O'Toole, luminous of eye and loopy of intonation, acts as if he should be locked up. You have to admire the cut of his lunacy. He brings what little style there is to this winsome tale adapted from Lord Dunsany.
Audience Reviews for Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)
Peter O'Toole adds to his legacy by boring us to death in Dean Spanley
What a pleasant surprise this movie turned out to be. It's a wonderful and lovely little movie. And it's a movie that could have been pretty goofy if not handled correctly. But instead, it's handled expertly with a lot of intelligence and charm. The acting is fantastic. Peter O'Toole is out of this world, there's this scene near the end when Sam Neill's character is telling his story and Peter's facials while hearing this story were just amazing. This might sound corny, but his eyes told a story that was heartbreaking, yet at the same time full of closure for his character. The final act of the movie, overall, is just fantastic. It's touching, sweet and funny. Also I must give Sam Neill a lot of credit for his performance, it must not be easy, at least as far as preparation, to play a man who was a dog in a previous life and almost all of his dialogue would consist of memories of his life as a dog. How the FUCK do you prepare for that??? I don't know, but Sam Neill pulled it off and convincingly as well, so thumbs up. Shitty review, but this is an excellent movie. It's funny, off-beat, and touching with some amazing performances. I HIGHLY recommend this movie, not like that means a hell of a lot.
i did really want to love this movie but i can only say i liked this movie! I tried watchng it 3 times and i still didnt get to the end as it really is my sort of movie!! i liked it because the story is original and it is sweet and like the story but it was just a litltle boring for me! It is funny in plces and sam neill is gorgouse as ever!!
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