Sunday, October 14, 2007

Evening

Evening is a romantic drama that weaves its way through the life of a dying woman who in the fever of her last few days fades between three worlds. The present, the past and hallucinations in between.

As she travels back in her mind she revisits the path her life took and laments the path it might have taken had her choices been different. Mostly, she dreams of Harris, the one that got away.

This movie wants to be The Notebook or better yet, Titanic, only this one is nearly a shipwreck.

The cast is a female dream team: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, and Glen Close. Ironically, the casting is the problem with this film. Harris, and all the rest of the men were cast like a professional baseball team that is nearing it's salary cap. I’d name the male cast members, but you’d not know their names. As such, Harris, who is supposedly a dreamboat, fails to inspire.

Strike two is the direction. Poorly paced and confusing is the play calling. Just as you find yourself interested in a scene, you are yanked away. This movie seems longer than it is; starting slow and staying that way.

Thankfully, there is no strike three. A smattering of poignant scenes and good performances, most notably by Claire Danes, Toni Collette and Meryl Streep, redeem this film to the level of entertaining…but not nearly inspiring.

A curious but welcome addition to the soundtrack was a big band song playing in a flashback, presumably the 40’s. It's a contemporary remake of Frank Sinatra's "I've Got the World On a String" by Michael BublĂ©, who I happen to like...enjoy.

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