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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Movie Review - Henry Poole Is Here

Movie Title
Henry Poole Is Here
Year
2008
Category (Current/Recent/ Blast from the Past)
Recent
Genre
Drama

Story
It’s about Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) who learnt that he had contracted a terminal illness, which had resulted in his restrained anger and depression, and his quest to rediscover pieces of happiness he remembers from his childhood days. In doing so, he moves back into the neighborhood where he grew up as an only child by buying a house there. There, we the viewers, get to know the characters in his neighborhood. The house he bought has a water stain that his Catholic devout neighbor Esperanza (Adriana Barraza) firmly believes to the miraculous face of Christ.
Acting
The acting is not the typical dramatic acting you would expect from a drama. It seems rather light and peculiar but nonetheless poignant & powerful when the message is made clear at the end of the movie – the power of faith and miracles.

Overall
As friends who know me know that I have a tendency to not read the movie synopsis or genre before viewing it, I didn’t know what to expect. The movie didn’t seem like it was a drama but rather a comedy from the way it was filmed and how it started. I thought it was a comedy actually, but it wasn’t.

It starts off rather slowly but it managed to hold my interest to the very end. I would recommend it to people who like the non-typical Hollywood fare. Not for those seeking quick gratification but I still recommend it.

Rating: 5.5/10

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