Wonderful World [Blu-ray]
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Interestingly, however, he does have friends. He participates in a weekly after-hours jam session in the back room of a music store with a small group of pals, and proves to be a decent guitarist; it makes us wonder exactly why he's squandering his talents. As the music store owner surreptitiously observes, "That's a shame, to be good at something no one cares about." His roommate Ibu (Michael K. Williams) a Senegalese immigrant, doesn't let Ben's chronic glumness dampen his perpetually sunny disposition, and considers him to be a good friend regardless. Ben does approach a state approximating enjoyment when he spends time with his precocious 11-year old daughter (Jodelle Ferland); although his negative waves are markedly straining their relationship and becoming a source of concern to Ben's ex-wife (Ally Walker).Read more ›
The movie feels very obvious in the opening sequences, yes, he's so pessimistic, no one invites him to parties because he's a Debbie Downer. He even says at one point that the two worst inventions were the TV remote and positive thinking. The movie really improves after more challenges are put into Ben's life through the absence of his friend, the introduction of a beautiful woman from Dakar, the diminishing relationship with his daughter, Sandra (Jodelle Ferland), and the loss of his job, and his attempt to sue the city for depraved indifference. Oh and not to mention, hallucinations of "The Man" (Philip Baker Hall) as an obstacle for him to mouth off to when he smokes weed. The simple life of sitting around playing chess is put on hold.
I had a hard time seeing Matthew Broderick who is excellent at oozing a positive attitude do such an about face here. It definitely plays more funny-grouchy than dark and I think that was the director's intentional choice. Everything he does still has a certain charisma, even when he's shutting others out.
Young Jodelle Ferland as his daughter was a great choice.Read more ›
Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a depressed pessimist: his is divorced, sees his only daughter Sandra (Jodelle Ferland) weekly but transfers his state of mind that the world is a weary place to live with her. He works as a proofreader and shares the rent for his tiny apartment with a Senegalese man, Ibu (Michael K. Williams), with whom he passes the evenings playing chess. Ibu suffers from diabetes but despite his need for daily injections of insulin manages to bring what little light there is into Ben's world. At one point Ibu lapses into diabetic coma and must be hospitalized and Ben's genuine concern for his friend causes him to be absent form his work - and the subsequent loss of his eight year long boring stint as a proofreader. Ben contacts Ibu's sister Khadi (Sanaa Latham) in Senegal and she travels to be with her brother - and to, by need, live in Ben's apartment. Khadi is kind and eventually finds her way into Ben's frozen heart. Khadi suggests that the only way for her to remain in America is to obtain a green card - which suggests that the two be married. Ben's negative outlook on the world almost destroys one of the few warm relationships he has. Khadi returns to Senegal when Ibu dies and the transformation in real feelings Ben discovers begins a new look at the 'glass half empty' philosophy.Read more ›
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In addition to being culturally insensitive, it wasn't a good story line.Published 1 month ago by Winsome A Foderingham
It is so simple to summarize this movie because not much happens. If you watch the trailer, it shows you the entire movie. Read more
What a stinker. Even an excellent cast couldn't save this screenplay, and I like Interracial love stories. Avoid.Published 14 months ago by Sloper Dude
I enjoyed the movie. It took a while before it was available (about a day) but other than that, it was good.Published on July 15, 2013 by Brenda Anderson
I thought this movie was very thoughtful, and sensitive. I loved Matthew Broderick's gentle portrayal. The mixed cultures of black and white were great. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by V. Robbins
Really enjoyed this movie!!!
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In an age where a story is just a device to offer special effects it's hard to find character dramas where the story focuses on a small circle of characters.Published on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer