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Rhys Ifans is nothing short of amazing as Danny - bringing a believability factor to a role that easily could have come off as slap-shtick. Ifans brings an inherent vulnerability that makes Danny, a bit of a loser, immediately likeable. He isn't fully prepared - nor is the viewer - for the remarkable journey he finds himself taking and Ifans expressive face registers everything; fear, anger, disbelief, acceptance, but most of all wonder. The transformation Danny undergoes upon his unexpected arrival in Clarence is remarkable as his life changes in almost unimaginable ways. Where in Sydney he'd been stuck in a dead end job (where he still made his own fun) living with a woman increasingly growing weary of him, no real prospects for the future and his "lame" ideas shot down at every turn, in Clarence he is hailed as a hero, transforming not only himself but Glenda and the town itself.
Miranda Otto's Glenda is a gloriously rare creature, an enigma: tough yet fragile as lace the town views her almost as an outcast, yet when Danny arrives, she becomes adored by everyone. Otto's transformation is no less astonishing than Danny's and as the film progresses she almost literally glows. She becomes the ideal woman in nearly every way imaginable. When things get tough, we see another crack in her veneer and learn a lot when she cries out "I just don't want to feel." Otto makes it utterly impossible not to fall in love with this beautiful creature.
The supporting cast all turn in terrific performances, both the folks back in Sydney and Danny's new life in Clarence.Read more ›
Danny, a "cement man" in Sydney, Australia, leads a pretty normal life with his girlfriend, his house, his weekend barbeques, and his friends. He does, however, have some pretty crazy ideas. Frustrated in his fruitless attempts to take a vacation somewhere out of the way, and confused by his reaction to his girlfriend's possible infidelity, he comes up with the craziest one ever: strap a huge bunch of yellow helium balloons to a lawn chair and see where it takes him. To the surprise of everyone (including himself!), it works, and it takes him to the little town of Clarence. There, he discovers the possibility of new love in the form of the local parking meter cop who first finds him when he falls out of the sky, and he finds that he can be someone important after all: himself.
I love watching "Danny Deckchair" because it walks so many fine lines so well. It's a little predictable, but not insulting. It's fun and funny, without delving into stupidity. It's a "feel-good" movie but it's not saccharine-sweet. The two main actors (Rhys Ifans and the lovely Miranda Otto) are really likable and have a lot of natural chemistry, without any of it seeming forced or manufactured. It's just a fun movie to watch when you need a pick-me-up, or when you want to feel happy about something. And, corny as it sounds, it's a little reminder about some of the more important things in life...new discoveries, happiness, friendship, and yes, love.Read more ›
Danny Deckchair is billed as a comedy but it is more than just a funny story. It is about dreams, big and small, romance and how one overcomes a bland existance. Danny works with concrete. He lives with his social climbing and agressively romantic girlfriend Trudy played wonderfully by Justine Clarke. Danny has a knack for trying weird things. He jumps into wet concrete. He trys to become the ammunition in a giant slingshot. Finally, he straps helium filled balloons to a deck aka lawn chair and off he goes.
Danny lands in a small back country town and is transformed, but so are the folks in this little town. The idea of an out of towner who changes the people he interacts with is not a new idea in film story lines. But, Danny Deckchair certainly does this film genre justice. I have always enjoyed Australian cinema. No matter what the story it always seems bright and fresh. Danny Deckchair is bright, fresh, and enjoyable. It is a definite buy.
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(very) loosely based on a true story... maybe. Whatever. Its a great Australian comedy, and my favorite Mirranda Otto movie ever. If you just said "Who?! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mike-Buh
Rhys Ifans is one of just over half a million people still fluent in the Welsh language. This film, made in New South Wales, bears testimony to the fact that you are what you are... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wendy Share
Predicable formulaic romantic comedy charmingly told. In all honesty, I was somewhat bored with it until the 30: mark when Miranda Otto's character is introduced. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lady O
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