Henry Poole Is Here
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Henry Poole is Here tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.
Henry Poole Is Here is an odd if enjoyable dramedy about everyone's need for a miracle now and then--though one person's miracle can easily be another's nightmare. Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) is a misanthropic loner who attempts to buy a specific house at any price and is rebuffed. Instead, he buys another house in some need of repair but brushes off any discussion of improvement, mysteriously claiming he's not going to be living in it very long. Uncertain what that means, Henry's neighbors learn to give him some distance, until Esperanza (Adriana Barraza) decides she can see the face of Jesus Christ in a water stain on Henry's house. In short order, Esperanza has alerted her church and friends, and a disgruntled Henry's backyard is full of true believers. Directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road), Henry Poole Is Here occasionally finds itself awash in treacle and sincerity, especially where Henry's developing relationship with a single mom (Radha Mitchell) and her near-mute child are concerned. But the film never alienates viewers disinclined to believe in iconic apparitions, adding a neat twist toward the end that makes Henry's rage against Esperanza's faith work for and not against him. Making the whole enterprise worthwhile is Wilson's fine performance as a man who has given up on everything (for reasons that eventually become clear in the story) but, in fact, wants nothing more than to embrace life. --Tom Keogh
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- Audio Commentary with Director Mark Pellington and Writer Albert Torres
- The Making of Henry Poole Is Here
- "All Roads Lead Home" Music Video
- "Henry Poole Is Here" Music Video
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I have been playing it in the store for a couple days now and it truly captivated the crowds. The film contains a nice mix of suburban visuals with an excellent soundtrack that repeatedly catches the attention of those that might only be listening. It has become one of those films that sells itself but in a good way.
The story revolves around a man that is obviously extremely depressed that wants to skip human interaction by buying an empty suburban house. Instead he encounters several neighbors that end up changing his life and in the end, helping those that helped him. Regardless of the large volumes of hate one can find about this film out there (and I do mean a lot) I did not categorize this as a religious film, or an agenda film, I just saw a good emotional film filled with believers and non believers, love and incredible events.
The BD quality is excellent, and was very appropriate for this film with the amount of landscapes and overhead shots. The music sounded wonderful in the TrueHD (lots of music) and special features were worth the time. The production docu is informative, as was the commentary. The selling point though is the deleted scenes. They removed over 30 minutes from the film. A great deal of the questions I have read about this film (and was asking myself while watching) were answered here. Even after listening as to why the director removed them, I strongly disagreed and felt they should have been in the movie (hence I rated it one star lower). The scenes would have made the film a great deal more believable and would not have been lagging with all of these questions about why this whole event was happening.
Some nice performances, a solid BD, and a worthwhile film make the BD price here on Amazon a steal.
Luke Wilson is the star of the movie and a large part of the reason that I like the movie so very much is that he's simply a perfect actor. Having to act within the limits of a script that, as I said, has some serious holes, he manages to pull this whole film together. He emotions, his body language, his facial expressions very powerful. I loved watching him act.
I really can't detail the things I think are weak in the script without putting some spoilers in this review and I don't want to do that. It's just that a few things seem to happen with no explanation (and I'm not talking about the miracles that seem to occur pretty regularly in the film) and there is one somewhat crucial scene that is just kind of glossed over quickly.
Anyway, I loved the movie. I'm holding back one star because of my personal issues with the script. There is a very fine documentary on the making of the film that was really entertaining and I think all film students should watch it. If you like quirky and offbeat films, and if you know of Luke Wilson and like him, you'll love this movie.
Highly, highly recommend this movie.
You won't be disappointed.