When Bobby Garfield (David Morse--The Green Mile) returns to his hometown for the funeral of a boyhood friend, he recalls the magical summer of 1960... That summer a lodger (Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins--Nixon, Shadowlands) moves into eleven-year-old Bobby's house. A special bond grows between the mysterious, kindhearted lodger and the fatherless boy. But the lodger comes with a haunted past ... and strange powers that puzzle and alarm the impressionable boy. And in the few short weeks the lodger stays in his house, the way Bobby sees the world changes forever.]]>
Hearts in Atlantis
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What I find most amusing is that the theatrical films based on King novels have become the most literary and introspective works, while the chills n' thrills are relegated to TV miniseries, i.e. Rose Red.
Hearts in Atlantis continues the string of successful King adaptations such as Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and the underrated Dolores Claiborne. Anyone who has read the book already knows the story of Bobbie Garfield and Ted Brautigan in the fateful summer of 1960. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" was the most powerful story in the collection that make up Hearts, and the title actually comes from the second novella in the book, which features different characters in another time and place. In the book, the Low Men were tied to Stephen King's Dark Tower mythos, and I was hoping the movie would keep that connection; however, the screenwriters decided to make the movie self-contained and turned the Low Men into shadowy government figures, definitely human and not nearly as scary. But that's a minor thing.
Anthony Hopkins was his usual excellent self, but I was especially impressed by Hope Davis in the thankless role of Bobbie's mother. She managed to convey bitterness, sadness, love and fear in a very understated performance. I totally bought this character and felt that she was far more complex than the character of Brautigan.Read more ›
The movie is, essentially, a coming of age film, and a particularly good one, at that. It opens with a middle aged man, Bobby Garfield (David Morse), returning home for the funeral of his childhood best friend. While there, he stops by his old home and begins reminiscing in his mind's eye, remembering growing up with those with whom he had lost touch, his now deceased friend and his first girl friend, Carol Gerber (Mika Boorem).
The viewer then sees eleven year old Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) living with his selfish, self absorbed, widowed mother, Liz Garfield (Hope Davis) in that very same house. A mysterious older man, loner Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins), takes up residence in an upstairs apartment in that house. He becomes a sort of a grandfather figure to Bobby, and a warm relationship develops between the two. Bobby gets from Ted what he is unable to get from his mother. Ted helps Bobby at a time in his life, when he sorely needed an interested adult, as his mother seems unable or unwilling to step up to home plate.
Ted reveals to Bobby that some mysterious people, referred to only as the "low men" are after him. Ted enlists Bobby's aid in looking out for them. It also appears that Ted has some kind of extra sensory perception. It is a gift of which Bobby becomes aware, as Ted and Bobby begin to look out for each other.Read more ›
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The movie was filmed in my children's hometown of Staunton, VA and that's the biggest reason - that and Anton Yelchin being in it as a child and seeing such promise for a life cut... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M.Catherine
While Hearts in Atlantis wasn't my favorite King story, it did tread the line between the two realms he paints best - that of nostalgic and fleeting youth alongside unspeakable... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Though it departs from the actual novel in numerous ways, this is nonetheless a very solid telling of the Stephen King tale -- with many of the nostalgic beats still intact. Read morePublished 1 month ago by harmonista222
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