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- Documentary Short: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
- Interview with Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier
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- Additional Commentary Track: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
- 5 Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
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Dear Wendy is penned as a fable and an indictment of America's obsession with firearms. Wendy, in this case, is a pistol that is beloved by the main protagonist played by Jamie Bell. I have admired Bell in his challenging film choices and I can see why this film appealed to his sensibilities as an actor. Ultimately, though, the awkward script provides little chance for any of the actors to connect with the material in a relevant or believable way. The film is narrated in a love letter written by Bell to his gun and is one of the most stilted and pretentious voice-overs you're likely to encounter. Now, I realize this story is not meant to be believable--it's a parable. While I admire filmmakers with a unique vision willing to work against expectations, Dear Wendy ends up being so preposterous and so heavy handed that I lost all good will I might otherwise have had for this bizarre picture.Read more ›
When compared to Moore's quasi-Documentation BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE you could say that it's not the fear that drives people to have fire arms but rather lack of self-confidence. The weapon literally becomes your friend and as with a good friend it's easier to walk along strangers and look them in their eyes. That's the result for the hero in this film. Only to carry the gun unseen by the others serves enough to make him able to walk straight and not feel like a complete loser. An experience that he begins to share with a friend. When they sorta think they have the proof that this simple thing actually works, they don't want to keep it to themselves as it would be "a shame not to share it with others". So next thing they do is builing a little group of so-called "Dandies" who worship their guns by the restriction not to use it and show it elsewhere but in their hideout.
It's very confusing later on, as I didn't quiet "get" what the thing about Sebastian was. He's black, and his grandmother used to serve in the hero's house years ago. As soon as Sebastian is part of the show, his grandmother is as well, triggering a really unpredictable plot point that, as a consequence, seems to force the dandies to break the roules and awaken their guns. Is there a message behind this?Read more ›
Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg are two of the developers of Dogme 95 - a school of filmmaking that eschews artifice in favor of naturalism. Vinterberg directed the first film in this genre, the acclaimed "The Celebration," although his work since then has been largely criticized. Von Trier loves writing films that are critical of American violence and culture, such as "Dogville" and its sequel "Manderlay." His writing with "Dear Wendy" is typically pretentious and likely to turn off some viewers and perhaps make some angry. We Americans prefer our cultural criticism to be homebred and bristle when it comes from pasty-skinned Scandinavian socialists.
I don't usually enjoy pretentious indie films, but "Dear Wendy" and indeed much of Von Trier's work appeals to me because of its sheer audaciousness. I am, for example, a big fan of "Dogville" and "Dancer in the Dark." However, "Dear Wendy" could have benefitted from being even more grandiose and over-the-top; instead, it ends up being a bit tepid for this genre. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it on some level, and Jamie Bell is very good here, in yet another very offbeat role for the Brit.
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As the third movie made by Jamie Bell it exemplifies his early attraction to playing quirky characters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Erich Mopsmeister
I was so excited to get caught up with "Dear Wendy," a film by two major filmmakers who I have enjoyed in the past. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by K. Harris
Dear Wendy is a very interesting movie with good acting and a plot that has you fixed on the screen. The acting is authentic and believable. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Andrea Sapp
Quirky, weird and with a odd westernish feel this is not the normal teen movie. It is weird and has this strange detached feel to it but as far as a work of art goes, I couldnt be... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by nm
If u like indie pix with a unique point of view u will love this movie.Published on June 22, 2009 by Courtney Evans
In general I do not write reviews of bad films but this one is so sick and evil I feel I need to warn people about it. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by Mr. Ian George Fraser
It's an strange movie. Wendy is a small gun. The main character Dick brought it for a birthday gift for a peer but decides to keep it. Read morePublished on August 13, 2006 by Wendy Schroeder