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Plot: Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent's prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and... in love. Runtime: 86 mins Release Date: 05 Aug 2014
Courageous, refreshingly exceptional film (by painless308)
This film is captivating. The plot was a hackneyed one, granted, but the director needs credit for what he did with it. It is like the diver choosing a simple dive so the high scoring will be in the execution. Casting was faultless. Jason Bateman is one of only a handful of actors who could have succeeded with this, including Greg Kinnear, possibly Ricky Gervais and in older days, Cary Grant maybe. Billy Crudup played an extraordinary role in that his character Dylan was not pushed beyond that fine line of reality. Olivia Wilde again was the ideal choice for the same reasons - she was able to <more>
stay within the bounds of the film without stretching the comedy into Hangover-ish nonsense. If this was as a result of good writing and direction then it was very well done.So, would the average viewer have expected this film to eventually jump the shark and resolve with a Matthew McConaugheyesque love scene involving microphones or CCTV? Of course. Did it happen? No. Courageous direction. The film was therefore a pleasure to watch, to absorb and not to get too upset about. Like watching and appreciating a great game of football with absolutely no interest in either team or the result. No emotional connection. Brilliantly done. No "what?" moments, no "you're kidding me?" reactions. The director also addressed the dilemma of what happens after the period in question. We know it's easy to leave the viewer with a couple desperately in love /reconciled /whatevered, and it's cheap and effortless to imagine it will last. It doesn't. And this film avoids all that trite nonsense at the risk that most viewers will think that because there is no grand finale love scene, nothing has happened. Wrong. Plenty happened and it was very strong direction and writing to use this approach. I hope it is the start for more to emulate. It showcased the beauty of New York. It is a wonderful city. It made the viewer think what period it was set in without going to a plastic Gatsby recreation of a 1960-70's city. Just put the modern day cars a bit out of focus and get on with the story. Thankyou. We don't need to transformed into a different world - just do what live plays have done for ages - encourage the viewer to imagine. No wasting time or effort in recreation which would invite the inevitable 'they got that one wrong' nonsense. But that was only evident in several parts of the film. The rest was pure sailing. So almost full marks to all concerned for producing such a refreshing piece of work and for not submitting to the grand finale, for not allowing it to be a banal addition to the ranks of so many other comedies of this era. In some ways it is in the style of Coen films such a Inside Llewyn Davis, sans violence. Comedy without slapstick. comedy for the discerning viewer. Bring on more of this.
A very interesting movie with twisting storyline. The characters are really well created, still they lack personality sometimes, yet they are really full of passion and envy. The lines used are the strong point, i got really surprised by the replies of both Beatrice and Conrad. Exceptional quotes are used to intensify the action between the lovers.It is not the typical American movie you would watch, having a really unexpected turn of events at the end that affects not only the characters involved, but their future as well. Despite the action is based upon the few central characters, it is <more>
really solid and impressive, but still letting the secondary ones to change the course of actions.
Food for the eyes and ears but not the brain (by jimnich)
I've waited a long time to see a film like this. A simple story, beautifully shot with an enchanting soundtrack. Like others, I'm now completely turned off by the big budget, green screen, CGI 'blockbusters' that now seem to infest our theatres cinemas , and was delighted to just sit back and let this quiet little story wash over me.The neo-retro cinematography turned New York into Paris and the design had the men smart and dapper and the women beautifully Hepburnesque, I loved it all and it was only topped by the husky piano jazz soundtrack.I won't go into the acting, <more>
depth of plot and character, who's films it resembles or whatever subliminal message was supposed to be projected, others have very kindly furnished that information. Suffice to say the leads were all impossibly good looking of they were, they're actors but not as good as their surroundings, New York has never looked so enticing.So, this film won't win any awards for supreme cleverness or anything but if you're after something to romance your eyes and ears then you'll find its 80 minutes time well spent.
The Longest Week is not a morality play (by mhdecoursey)
I am always puzzled by the reviewers who use a hidden template on films -- if it's romance, it's gotta be ... if it's drama, it's gotta be ... as though film reviews were written by traffic cops. They even criticize the characters on the screen for being less than moral heroes. Amazingly, the same people who scoff at the rich shallow characters in this film will watch Natural Born Killers and praise it, as though those characters were admirable.But there should be no argument that the characters in this film are exquisitely drawn and portrayed, the scenes are perfect, the <more>
dialog impeccable, and the whole plot not at all implausible. These folk are as real as the castles in Europe and the crustaceans under the sea -- why should they not appear on film? Are they less watchable than the usual drug pushers, prostitutes, assassins, blackmailers, rapists, serial killers, and ghouls that populate other films? Those who complain that Longest Week is not a proper a morality play are correct -- it is not. It is a depiction of the sea foam of our society, of people who enjoy the greatest of privilege and return nothing. They are not bad people -- they are just zeroes. They are the useless consumers, the top of the food chain. And we reward them with the greatest of wealth. Kudos for mentioning it. Beautifully.
The first thought that came to my mind watching this charming comedy was- this is a witty homage to the great Claude Lelouch and his 1966 classic " A Man and a Woman" "Un homme et une femme" original title .Jay Israelson's music is simply beautiful. The repetitive critics on several portals of how this is a copy of Wes Anderson or Woody Allen, are incredibly narrow minded and surprisingly coming from big name news sources. Also, Django Reinhardt is fabulous on any occasion and does not need to be reduced to just association with specific filmmakers even if they are as <more>
brilliant as Mr. Allen. Those thoughts didn't even get to compete with the homage notion. Loved the writing and directing of Peter Glanz.Jason Bateman is just incredibly amusing in his quaint portrayal of Conrad Valmont, detached trust fund kid - man, or Billy Crudup's ever eccentric ways, both in dead on performances. All of the cast is just wonderful. Usually, the constant narration can be annoying, but in this case it is marvelously delivered by Mr. Bateman, in his unique matter of fact way. I highly recommend this movie.