I had been meaning to get around to watching this movie for a while, so it’s not like I wanted to delay watching it. It seemed like a cool idea and a good story, so I wanted to see where it could go.
I didn’t think initially that the plot would borrow so much from previous stories about hell, like the story of Eurydice or Dante’s Inferno. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as those stories are very relatable. It also helped some of the other parts of the story stand out.
One of the other things I liked about the movie was the unique take on the afterlife. But seeing as I’m basically reviewing the movie, let’s get down to the scores.
As I said before, a neat take on older stories of love after life. There are some detail changes, but most make decent sense and are explained well. However, some of it does seem like they’re making it up as they go along.
Pretty good. Williams and Gooding Jr. do well in the principle roles and are supported by a good cast. I recognized Max von Sydow within seconds of him appearing on screen, and I enjoyed his performance quite a bit. The only problem overall is that once in a while the actors had trouble making me thoroughly believe the fantastical story.
This was definitely the weakest point of the movie. There were some weird cuts that didn’t make sense. This was further exacerbated by the over-use of slow-motion effects. Sometimes I couldn’t tell if I had just missed part of the story because of the juxtaposition of shots on a cut.
Quite a bit of the budget was invested in this and it shows. The landscapes are sweeping and the colors are wonderfully vibrant. I especially appreciated the effects used during the scenes when William’s character arrived in heaven.
Everything came together well, not too much time was spent explaining the surroundings of the story, so more time could be focused on the characters and their development.
Worth a watch, especially if you’re a fan of visual effects or love stories.