Melvin Goes to Dinner
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For me, it's a "must see." There are few films of this type which will hold your attention as well. In addition to fine acting, the camera work is extraordinary, and the editing makes you feel as though you were one of the group, able to shift your attention at will.
The characters are interesting and well developed, and the script moves along effortlessly. Before you know it, the 90 minutes have flown by, and you're ready to buy the next bottle of wine. Suddenly you're tempted to take these four characters back to your place for an all-nighter.
If you want to eavesdrop on good conversation that has some interesting twists, sit down at this table. You won't regret it.
The cast is solid and everybody stayed in character. There were a few glaring mistakes, but they're forgivable. I had to stay focused because there are no balances in the film, but the non-stop chatter was actually fun. For one viewing.
There's not much of a story here and Sundance, I'm sure, would have been the only festival to even acknowledge that this film existed, but it's better than most of its genre.
And from that moment and for that reason, we found MELVIN GOES TO DINNER fascinating. As the film went on, though, and we got to know the characters better, we got wrapped up in the real and imagined ties between the characters. We tried to figure out how they all knew each other, really, and the film surprised us with several plot twists that we didn't see coming.
Adapted from a stage play using essentially the same principal cast, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER is a surprising find, one that I'm going to purchase so that I can watch it over and over. It's watchable for its plot and for its use of quality conversation.
I highly recommend this.
Add to that the humor of the conversation, the sense of going out on increasingly fragile limbs, and you've got an offbeat film that's both intelligent & marvelously entertaining. Even better, it'll get you thinking, and might even lead to some fruitful conversations of your own. The DVD also includes some enjoyable extras & commentary tracks, making this a film worth owning & watching more than once. It does have some rough edges, both because of a limited budget & the fact that it's a first effort for the filmmakers; but don't let that stop you from giving it a try. Recommended!
Still, I only wish there were deeper characters. Whereas Shawn and Gregory discourse on life and determinism, the four yuppies talk of things like ghosts with all the depth that a post-Angels In America America can muster, and then are amazed at each others' supposed depth, and how stimulating their conversation is. And when I reference Angels In America it's not a mere throwaway diss. There's a reason for the connection. Call it Post-Intellectualism. Call it, `Show, don't tell.' Call it a nice try that settles for copouts. There are too many synchronicities and pallid contrivances that line up to get these four people together in the first place, and then reveal so much about themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've seen the movie before, but it's a different kind movie which makes you laugh.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It isn't easy to make four people talking at a restaurant this interesting. Their personal struggles unfold in an organic and credible way. Read morePublished 21 months ago by mr. contrarian
People are BORING! Seriously - this is totally banal and un-witty and just not interesting. What a waste of time and film.Published on September 21, 2011 by Jenn
I ordered Melvin Goes To Dinner for the sole reason of having the bonus feature of The International Frank Film Festival. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by upset customer
Never heard of this movie, just cruising through looking for something different. Found this and read some of the reviews and said what the heck. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Philip Washington
I caught about three-quarters of this movie on IFC a couple months back and wanted to see the whole thing. The only problem is, most video stores don't carry the title. Read morePublished on July 27, 2008 by TJ Masterson
I first saw this movie on cable (ShowTime). I just caught the last 30 minutes or so. I was so intrigued by the portion that I saw, I had to get the DVD. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Lawrence Martin
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