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In their first feature film together, Hollywood screen favorites Melanie Griffith (TWO MUCH, A STRANGER AMONG US) and Don Johnson (GUILTY AS SIN, BORN YESTERDAY) combine their impressive talents in the critically acclaimed must-see hit PARADISE! This extraordinary film is the touching story of the lost love between a young married couple and how a visiting youngster (Elijah Wood -- THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) rekindles that love one memorable summer. Funny, poignant, and uplifting, PARADISE is a motion picture so full of natural beauty and heartfelt emotion, you'll remember it for a long, long time!
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I had some issues with some of the scenes which is why I gave this film only four stars instead of five. Some of the language the children used and the nude scenes the children witnessed seemed gratuitous and inserted simply for shock value. Did I need to see a young boy taking a whizz or listen to children talking about "the clap"? Worst line in the movie? When Don Johnson asks the little boy what he's listening to and he says something like "Rap. My teacher said it was a highly evolved form of poetry about the working man in violent circumstances" Egads who dreamt up that line up? Don Johnson looked uncomfortable just hearing it and for a moment I thought he was going to roll his eyes. In fact, I wish he had, it would have been an authentic parent/child moment. For me, these scenes diminished the beauty and flow of the film. Fortunately they occur mainly in the first half of the film. Dear Hollywood, nudity and provocative language especially with children were not needed or warranted in this beautiful film. I would love to see a remake of this film minus the pornography and vulgar language.
Other than the unfortunate scenes mentioned, I truly enjoyed this film for its emphasis on characterization and dialogue, a rarity in film these days. There's nothing fancy here; no special effects, lavish sets or pulsating actions scenes although the natural scenery is quite beautiful on its own. This is a simple yet powerful story about good people trying to find happiness while touching the hearts of others.
I give the movie a 5, I'd give it more if I could. There's nothing boring about this movie. Not even for a millisecond.
As previously stated, the cinematography in this movie is outstanding. The acting by both, and very young, Thora Birch and Elija Wood is incredible. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith also give high caliber performances and the chemistry between them is superb. I can't say enough about the acting as the supporting cast is also very good. Why there were no academy award nominations for this movie is a mystery to me. It most likely has to do with the lack of respect for Don Johnson's acting ability and the fact that he is not on the A list.
The story is also well written and quickly drags you in.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and on my 10 best list.