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This film definitely is effecting, and very beautifully shot. I liked seeing the changing scenery on the riverbanks from the point of view of being in the water. The movie contained alot of humor, and it was delivered naturally and realistically.
The scenes with Mary Tyler Moore were funny but uncomfortable as well, giving me a sense on one hand that whoever she was addressing was a sort of trapped insect that she could crush without a second thought, yet on another, sometimes seeming as though she would be quite shocked that anyone would think her malicious. I think her daughter was the permanently trapped insect.
I thought that in their own ways, Jeff and Liz were just as lost as Paul was, as in Liz's case, with a mother who never really saw her or listened to her. We hear that Jeff's parents are also very wealthy and similarly uninterested/disappointed in him. Other than this, the characters are not very well developed, to the film's detriment.
The film did stretch believability quite a bit. One day a guy decides to swim 140 miles of the river, and so he jumps in a wetsuit and off he goes, with no training whatsoever, and despite swimming miles each day, never appears to be even tired, let alone sore and exhausted. Even professional swimmers have to train for endurance events. I thought it was funny that in the last scenes after getting out of the water, his hair was dry.
I have to say that you would have to go far to find someone more self absorbed and selfish than Paul. I understood that he was grieving, but as Liz pointed out in a great scene, everyone suffers, everyone loses those that they love, and most people find a way to go on.Read more ›
Joseph Fiennes plays a widower still reeling from the death of his wife and unborn child years previously. Nearing the fifth year anniversary, he embarks on a crazy quest to swim the length of the Hudson River. Enlisting his closest friend (Justin Kirk) and, rather arbitrarily, a random acquaintance (Elizabeth Reaser)--they set off on an adventure. That's really about all--the film fleshes out the dynamics of this threesome with relative success while they share various moments along the way. The largest diversion is at Reaser's family home with some comedic mayhem provided by Mary Tyler Moore. This section, while sporadically funny, appears as if out of another film altogether. The shifting tone is both one of the film's strongest attributes and one of its primary weaknesses. Reaser is lovely and appealing and lightens things up quite a bit and Kirk has his wisecracking shtick down pat. I appreciated the interplay between Kirk and Fiennes and found them quite believable as lifelong friends.Read more ›
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