Margaret: Theatrical and Extended Cut (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)
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To a young child
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
Even now as I read that poem and recall the powerful closing moments of the movie -- where Paquin weeps and knows why -- a tear comes to my eye.
The film has an effortless realism. The classroom scenes and the lawyers are pitch-perfect. I mention them in particular, because movies usually get them wrong. The depiction of smart teenagers (and teachers) -- what they say and how they say it -- is dead-on. Every character is fully drawn. You know them all, and empathize. Some think the movie is too cluttered. I suppose the Matt Damon subplot is the least successful -- at least in the theatrical cut -- but I did not find the movie overstuffed. You need it all to appreciate the girl's coming of age as she deals with so many of the usual adolescent challenges, plus the outrageous fact of death.
This is a brilliant, spellbinding movie from start to finish.
An early scene, of the story's tragic inciting incident, was so brutal, so powerful, and so upsetting that I almost had to leave the theater. The main character's involvement in this scene means that she is forever changed, and it's to be expected that she will begin to "act out" as she struggles to recalibrate her life in tragedy's wake. You might not like, or agree with, everything she does, but she is fascinating to watch. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone sums it up best: "Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity."
As a product note, the disc release includes both the theatrical version (on Blu-ray) and an extended cut (on DVD). From what I've read, it sounded like the director was pressured to cut the film down to less than 2 and a half hours for the theatrical release, so it will be particularly interesting to watch the extended version. Perhaps some of the film's loose threads will prove to be more interwoven after all.
This is an absolute must see movie. A+ cast! Stellar performances by Anna Paquin and J Smith Cameron. Paquin plays Lisa a 17 year old girl high school student and lives in Manhattan with her mother (Cameron) and brother. Smart script and dialogue about how life chews us up and spits us out.
When Lisa sets out to find a cowboy hat, she inadvertently causes the death of a woman crossing the street.
Guilt and frustration alters her already "too smart for her own good" youthful view of the world. The movie takes its time and centers around complex day to day issues; death, hatred, real world events like 9/11, racial differences, teen pregnancy, drugs and divorce. Sounds like a devastating film? It isn't it is a centered, deep, thought provoking movie of the realities of the world our children are growing up in and how it affects them.
So well done, I will be thinking about it for days.
Anna Paquin and J. Smith Cameron along with the rest are incredible. Brilliantly acted! The scene of the bus accident is a harsh reality and Paquin will never be just Sookie to me again!
FYI: Not a child friendly film. Nudity, harsh language and a bloody accident add to the movie and are not there for dramatic visuals.
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This film grips you from the start and holds you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Very well done.Published 3 months ago by Lovey Dovey
Anna Paquin plays Lisa, a high-school student in NYC who inadvertently causes a tragic bus accident in which the victim dies in her arms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jill Clardy
I love how a classic short poem was used to generate a full story and riveting movie. Extremely well done!Published 4 months ago by James L. Snyder
It had a defect in the middle of the movie but we were eventually able to get beyond it. Wasn't crazy about the movie.Published 5 months ago by Kathleen in PA
This movie is a sure fire cure for insomnia. My wife and I watched this thing drag out for an hour and a quarter and still had no clue as to who Margaret was, and after that time,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by RLR
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|Seriously, Amazon, lower the price already.||
It appears that Amazon has the Margaret Blu-Ray as an exclusive. Amazon typically just matches competitor's pricing, but since this disc isn't available at Target, Best Buy, etc., Amazon knows it can charge more.
I think this is a sign of what would happen with ALL new release titles if places... Read More
Jul 12, 2012 by JMM | See all 6 posts