The Eclipse [Blu-ray]
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Not expecting the unexpected, I was genuinely creeped out at least twice, something I haven't "enjoyed" in many years. I suppose that's the beauty of not knowing what you're getting into. Thankfully, shocking the audience is not what this film is about.
The Eclipse is for adults in the sense that adults tend to be more interested in character development and relationship dynamics, both of which are here beautifully realized by committed performances. Also, it does not sensationalize, being rather discrete about the supernatural elements the intrude, almost gratuitously, into the plot.
I'm happy to recommend this well-wrought drama that does what good entertainment ought to do--transport.
Actually, this movie was based on a short story that was strictly about a widower's life in the wake of his wife's death from cancer. The short story had no ghostly elements at all. These were only added for the sake of boosting cinematic and box office appeal. And it shows. The brief appearances of actual ghosts here are often alarming, menacing, downright shocking, and so are at war with the general mood of this film. The film's essential theme is the possibility of finding another mature, tender love after one has suffered the loss of one's first partner in life. The occasional hair-raising intrusions of apparitions onto the scene are adventitious and unnecessary.
The main intended sentiment of the film is beautifully conveyed by the actors. Ciaren Hinds plays his part of the widower with just the right combination of a numbness that closes him off from the world and a longing that opens him up to future possibilities.
This is a rare adult love story, in which "adult" does NOT mean X-rated - but harkens back to an earlier, more essential meaning of the word "adult." Here the two adults express their maturity by being sane, stable individuals who put getting to fondly know each other first and foremost.
While some supernatural elements are present, this is about much more. It's also very well acted and photographed,and looks great on blu-ray. If you don't come looking for a frightfest you'll find a very worthwhile drama about real people.
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3.5 star, Creep Factor: 0, Ending: Cathartic, Gore: Minimal - ghost decay & blood
Okay, I got this from the library as the cover review said "A beautiful... Read more
It would be "okay" as a human interest story. I don't know. From the trailer, I was expecting a ghost/thriller/horror -- it is none of those.Published 3 months ago by Bob H. Howell
Excellent adult combination of drama romance and a creepy ghost storyPublished 3 months ago by robert josef
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