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Magic of Belle Isle

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Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose passion for writing hits an impasse. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, befriending the family next door an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters who help him find inspiration again.

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,575 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JTFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"I respect consistency!". Author, Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman), says it best if he were to refer it toward the apt direction of Rob Reiner in this hauntingly melodic and poetic spin on an aging and angry man. He is feeling quite out of place at this juncture in his life. Can he possibly discover his own importance right where he can aid through a community setting? Reiner weaves an inspired tale throughout another in-depth story while Wildhorn and Charlotte O'Neil (Virginia Madsen) dance triumphantly within its web. The film is emotionally raw along with being hopelessly romantic and definitely personal.

There are so many intimate elements included within this solid narrative (written by Reiner along with Guy Thomas) that it becomes so easy to get lost in the lives of the people as I certainly did. I laughed out loud and was just as moved to tears throughout. A simple plot with a burnt-out and disgruntled author who is alcohol swilling and unflinchingly sarcastic. A struggling mother who is positive and lovely although quite lonely lives next-door. In this setting, there is nothing really new. There is although so much depth to the main characters, the people of the town riddled throughout, and in Wildhorn's personally complicated life. It is in this setting which makes this particular movie so worth your time; the ride which Monte takes from the point A to point B. It may not seem like too much of a trip but for this closed-off reclusive author, the jump is quite thorny while we question if everything will come up roses for him. What first may appear to be predictable may not end in the way it will seem at the outset. This is a movie of, and for, the heart.
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It is difficult to add to all the superlatives about this film. Great story. The kids in the film are wonderful, particularly the middle daughter. This film is about creativity and inspiration, but it is also about the way human beings depend upon each other for that magic we call a good life, a life worth living. This is one of those little gems, like Field of Dreams, that makes film-making itself appear to be magic.
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Just watched this movie, I thought it was wonderful! Very refreshing content and character. Love Morgan Freeman as an actor and Rob Reiner as a Director!
Plan to watch again before rental expires, definately a must for the collection.
A must see movie!
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I had never heard of this movie, but I rented it because of Morgan Freeman acting in it. This movie made me laugh, cry, and was a great treat. This is my new favorite movie. I love how the lives intertwine and the healing winds through everyones life in a touching and believable way. It was charming, and even when it took predictable turns they were unpredictable and clever. I would definitely watch it again.
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I highly recommend this movie. For all of us, at times in life, things seem so beak, so sad, we ask ourselves why bother to go on? This movie shows the power of friendship and how important being connected to others while going through these "difficult" times. Friendship is the gift to help us grow and work through adversity to build happiness and contentment. Morgan Freeman and the cast do such a wonderful job in showing the healing power of friendship. This is a great movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE (Dir. Rob Reiner, 2012, 110 minutes) is a nice, quiet family film that is also a Morgan Freeman extravaganza (comparatively speaking). I just loved it, but it may not be to everyone's liking in this hyperkinetic, wire-fu-violence-driven cinema atmosphere.

Freeman plays grumpy, washed-up alcoholic Western writer Monte Wildhorn (great imagination with the character's name, but don't let that put you off). He decides to summer-sit a house at a location I understand is Greenwood Lake, NY - but is called Belle Isle Village according to the town limit's sign. This confused me since they are clearly not on an island but at the lakeshore (someone refers to the lake), with some weird rocklike forested island (clearly CGI) off the coast, an island also called Belle Isle (or Belle Island, take your pick).

Wildhorn has long since abandoned writing and devotes himself to guzzling booze. That is, until a fine lady and her three young daughters enter his life and cheer him right up, especially the youngest daughter. I have to say it is a miracle and a marvel to see Freeman giving such a performance with his sadly acquired handicaps - and elements of his wheelchair-bound character reflect that loudly here. It is also magic to watch him develop an almost grandfatherly relationship with the youngest of his neighbors, who are a white family.

There is no swearing, no ugliness of situation and no awkward stupidity in the storyline. I see all that as major in this day and age. One bit of language is "Jesus H. Christ" which is so hilariously surprising I hit the ceiling laughing when I heard the lines. Fred Willard as a local eccentric certainly spices the thing nicely.
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