Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Micheal Nouri all do credible acting in telling the story. It could have been done with verisimilitude. Support from Abraham is by-the-numbers but effective although his final scene is unconvincing ; I didn't understand why Paquin bothered or why they bothered to have her character in the story while Rhymes is just what you expect and only looks weak at the end when he is asked to emote. As luck would have it, Wallace just happens to be studying Forrester's book at school, and the old boy is able to give him some pointers. Although its familiar territory, Van Sant gives the material a new spin and the result is of.
To be sure the story of a prodigy and brilliant but sometimes reluctant mentor has been told before, but this story is a unique and interesting take on the subject. Main character, young Jamal Wallace isn't interesting in any way - he is presented to us as being just perfect, so perfect that it becomes unrealistic. You sit at your desk, close off yourself from the rest of the world and put pen to paper as if your very life depends on it. Forrester's explanation of his decision to withdraw from the world and his decision to change is weakly handled. The story is transcendent for both the main characters. But he knows that within the limited confines of his environs his skill with the written word means next to nothing in regards to his future, and he sees basketball as the only viable means of doing anything worthwhile with his life. Some of his new classmates are friendly, especially Claire Anna Paquin.
Entertainment, escapism, happiness and a sense of fulfillment. Like Wonder Boys, the movie chugs along at a leisurely pace, always threatening to drop some amazing bombshell or lurch into some horrifying plot twist, but never quite doing so, and as such, it can't quite prevent an inevitable climactic slide into clunky, feel-good Scent of A Woman-style territory. All of the books are battered, except one, the paperback of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, which looks brand new and has no creases on its spine. Later he gets his backpack back, with all his written material analyzed, corrected ect. In both that movie and this one, a disadvantaged young man simply refuses to perform like a trained seal, because he knows that will be a lethal blow against his adult tormentors.
But I don't even think this movie was about race or class really. Connerybah deciding which man to dog, now. The movie's primary weakness is its climax confrontation, which is artificially constructed and unrealistic. Do you think that would make it easier or harder to keep? A disappointment was the character played by F. From there a relationship forms built on trust and respect, and together they learn great things from each other, most importantly, friendship. Salinger has been mentioned, but the similarities are only superficial.
They had a table full of sale books out front the day I stopped by. In 2017 We moved locations to specialize in Rare Books. Eventhough the general idea of two different people bonding is here, everything else is as different as it comes. The shelves are jam packed with all sorts of genres. At the same time, it does not give the impression of simply being a feel-good movie. That's set aside, briefly, when he meets with an admissions officer from an expensive private school, as a result of his test scores. And a brief in-joke appearance by a big star is distracting.
Choices and actions are small, compassionate, and you can relate them to real life. The love story element was extremely weird to me. How New York is a Tale of Two Cities. Finding Forrester is a film with great potential, a fine cast, and some of the worst pacing I have ever seen in a movie. Once he becomes as such, there won't be any issues with Mr. The man surprises him, and he races out, leaving his backpack behind. Has it been so many years since Good Will Hunting that Van Sant felt the need to remake it with elements changed? Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird is a much better fit first novel wins Pulitzer, nothing else ever written, lived as a recluse , but I almost favor the enigmatic Gardner McKay though Forrester is certainly different in many ways from McKay.
Van Sant does a good job of presenting the human element and developing the characters while keeping the photography effective but in the background. The owner is a charming lady who was kind enough to give us a little tour and let us explore. Until his mother makes him aware of the fact, he never realized that he left his backpack in the apartment. In the end, its strengths are great, its weaknesses are minimal, and the memorable touches here and there moments of beauty between Forrester and Jamal, Busta Rhymes as Jamal's brother, and some beautiful quotes make this a winner! The acting is wonderful, particularly from the experienced Sean Connery, playing the title character, and from newcomer Robert Brown, as Jamal. For those who enjoy good dramatic performances and intriguing character studies, this film is not to be missed.
I'd heard a little about this movie before and entered into watching it merely expecting to see another of Sean Connery's typical Connery performances. How surprised I was as this gentle and perfectly paced tale brings together two people who share a common love for writing, one is a faded writer who once had success, and the other is a new talent who faces so many obstacles in his path to let his talent shine. A moving story that portrays the power of personal motivation, overcoming negative peer pressure, and how both young and old can contribute to a positive relationship, many would argue that Finding Forrester should be recommended high school viewing. The first is William's advice to Jamal that he give up waiting for inspiration and just start writing. The William Forrester character just oozes too much of J. Some say the story was ripped off from Good Will Hunting, and I can see the obvious reasons behind people getting that idea.
And that's really about 80% of Finding Forrester. Save for a star cameo towards the end there really isn't a surprise in the whole film. If this story was ripped from anywhere it was ripped from the real life biography of Joyce Maynard, when as a young woman still in her late teens she pierced the veil of privacy and famously took up with the notoriously reclusive and fifty-something writing legend J. Despite this one shortcoming, this is an excellent film. After two years of traveling to countless vending events in South Florida, in of May 2014 Finding Forrester's Book Store proudly open its doors. Maybe we should admire an attempt like this to convince us that literary knowledge is a sure way of picking up girls, but I thought the makers had something more serious in mind.