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David R. Kelly guts a touchingly beautiful play,
This review is from: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (DVD)
Once upon a time, Michael Brady wrote a wonderfully, touching play called TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY. It was a story about a man refusing to come to grips with losing his wife in a terrible accident and keeping her alive through conversations with her on the beach. By living in his false world, he is losing sight of the real world and his daughter who is drifting away from him.
It was a simply written, yet complex, story about relationships between people who are still grieving for loved ones and living in the present is worth it for the incredible opportunities that can be found.
David R. Kelly (Ally McBeal, The Practice) disembowels all of the life from a beautiful piece of storytelling and turns it into a very poorly written, poorly acted, Hallmark Hall of Fame special that gives away its dramatic mysteries within the first 15 minutes of the film.
Too bad...My advice: Get the script from Amazon.com...it's under TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY and author MICHAEL BRADY.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2016 5:33:09 AM PDT
If Brady's story is better than this screenplay, fine. But that doesn't make this a bad movie, just different. By that measure you would have to rate virtually ever Bond film 1 star, because almost none of them followed Fleming's great stories. How many people have the opportunity to see the play? Why deter them from enjoying the movie?
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