The Last Word [Blu-ray]
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If you can get past the improbability of the basic premise, there is much to enjoy in this movie. Bentley makes his character believable (as much as any one person could), and Ryder gives a lively performance. A good rental with a Sundance pedigree.
Evan writes the last words, for people apparently contemplating suicide. He has an approach, get the person to write a diary, get to know them well, and then write a poem or poetic prose that is read at their funeral. Evan is boring, stiff, and looks like a hairy Jeff Goldblum (has no clue how to move on camera); exactly what the script ordered. In the opening montage, Evan attends a funeral. He's taking notes, there's not a lot of people at the funeral. Charlotte (Winona Ryder) notices him and they talk. She is attacted to Evan and a relationship develops. Of course Evan has to lie to Charlotte about how he knows her brother that is dead.
Essentially the story boils down to The Importance of Being Ernest. The whole premise is Evan not telling the whole truth and hiding himself behind not talking a lot. Innuendo.
The film had some good style and pacing. The photography and set production were very good.
Ray Romano was a surprise. He's finally not Raymond stand up or unhappy husband. I thought the cast worked together very well.
One and a half hours. Rated R for language, there is no nudity. Very littel violence.
A small film, that I enjoyed very much. Seems I am in the minority on the enjoyment of this film.
While attending a funeral he meets the moody Charlotte (Winona Ryder) the sister of a victim. They end up dating. Evan tries to keep his specific relationship with her brother a secret and lies to Charlotte. Charlotte is comparatively unsophisticated, and like Winona she thinks a good date is one that doesn't try to "steal my credit card." (One of my several LOL moments.) In one early scene at a diner she has on no make-up or jewelry then in the next scene she is driving Evan home from said diner and has on her painted face as well as wearing pearls...something she wears later on in the film...Geoffrey Haley,another Ed Wood academy graduate. Here's your card.
While Evan is trying to keep things a secret, he is aiding other clients which raises Charlotte's curiosity level. You wait for the climax scene when he confesses everything to her. Decent film for quirky indie lovers.
F-bomb (thank you Winona), no on screen sex or nudity
Evan (Wes Bentley) chances to earn a modest living writing suicide notes for clients who no longer have the desire or the strength to live. His poetry is in dissonance with his imperturbable and aloof demeanor, which deadens the aura of every frame he is involved in, even the more erotic and moving. However the plot hits a high note when Charlotte catches a glimpse of him at her brother's funeral, whose suicide note was authored by Evan. She does not become acquainted with the nature of Evan's poetic engagements and amid strife and guilt becomes endeared and ultimately enamored with the numb introspective intellectually brooding Evan. Charlotte - here played by Winona Ryder with effortless wit and sophistication, teeming with energy and spontaneity - chases after Evan, for what initially seems to be a means of making amends and an effective way to grieve, only to eventuate into a full-blown passionate love affair which Evan fails to repel intent on keeping his stoic persona, for his resolve is overwhelmed by the appeal of his ex-client's beauty and joy de vivre, her flair and her impulsive absorption into a life she is emotionally engaged in, and one which, to the contrary, Evan distrusts and lives only at a distance, removed from the exuberance it excites in Charlotte.
Matters are further complicated as Evan befriends a client (Ray Romano), whose honest pitiful and cynic character offers many of the laughs in this production amid the torture of a numbness that echoes in the hollow inner lives of the prospective suicides.Read more ›
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I won't repeat the basic premise that others have shared, instead I'll add a couple aspects I haven't seen others mention yet: First of all -- I noted a bit of a nod to the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mac, the Library Lion
Good movie, I liked it. It was well written and acted, a lot of people have issues I guess, some more than others. Kind of a surprise ending in a way, not a bad way. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jackie L. Adams
I received my dvd quickly in the mail & I bought it for under $3, so it was a great price. However I have NOT ahad time to watch it yet. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pixie
First of all I want to say that movie I liked enough but should also add that it is not a movie for everyone.
The main character is not the typical protagonist. Read more
Everyone does a great job in this movie, and the movie itself avoids the usual formulas without seeming to try too hard to do so.Published on January 2, 2014 by bitshifter
Evan (Wes Bentley), an apparently unemotional introvert who appears to lack any feelings, makes his living writing suicide notes. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
Winona Ryder is great in this film, as is Wes Bentley. What really caught me was the way downtown LA is the backdrop for the story along with a couple of other interesting LA... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by JackMetal
Lovely Winona Ryder excellent as ever! I recommend this DVD to everyone! Great movie, great cast, script and the direction!Published on December 18, 2012 by Simidzija Natasa