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If all the oceans were ink and the heavens a scroll, there still would not be words enough to describe how incredible this movie is. Benedict Cumberbatch is a superb actor and his talent shines through in this poignant piece of friendship, love, regret, and a life unfulfilled. The relationships portrayed feel true and unscripted--the laughter is genuine, the tears are earnest. While some movies use tragedy to appear deep, Third Star has earned its tragic ending. How many stars would I give it? All of them.
Sad but really not unexpected. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing, as always, but it's his costars JJ Feild, Tom Burke and Adam Robertson who steal the show. Sickness doesn't just happen to you, it infects the people around you. This movie highlights that fact, not only showing the illness and tragedy of Benedict's character, but revealing the side effects it has on his loved ones as well. Camera work is a bit dodgy at times, I'm sure to make you feel as if you're there and "in the moment". All it did was give me a bit of a headache. Also, the story was a but more slow paced than I would have imagined. Honestly, it's just a sad movie. Still, worth watching for the SUPREME acting alone. Four main actors were brilliant. **Shout out to JJ Feild for that last scene. (When you watch the movie, you'll know the one I mean.)
This movie was filmed in 2010, before the Sherlock frenzy. Benedict Cumberbatchplays a 29 year old who is dying of cancer (not a spoiler, as the movie opens like that). The movie starts on his birthday, and he knows he won't live to see 30. Right off the bat you know it's going to be sad. He and his three closest friends decide they will take him to this beach he loves, and try to make it into a fun trip. There is a lot of male bonding, some conflict, and some terrible scenes of Jim (the character) dealing with his pain (he takes morphine and other meds to control his pain). This movie devastated me. The acting is excellent all around, and the ending is just unbearably sad. So you must be in a good place to watch this.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2015
I love Benedict Cumberbatch and was not surprised by, yet another stellar performance by him. However I was pleasantly surprised by the other strong male leads, the writing and the filming; all were wonderful! I loved this movie. It is not for someone who does not like to cry in movies, because you WILL cry, but you won't only cry, you will also laugh and feel so many different feelings and rethink many things about your life... It was just so enjoyable and as I blow my nose and wipe away the tears that are still flowing from my eyes (five minutes after the movie ended), I will say that this movie is in the top movies I have seen this year and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a wonderfully written, acted and thought-provoking tale and is not afraid to shed a tear or two.
Personally, I thought this was brilliant. Those who could see it only it as a terrible, self-centered waste of a life...have you seen or know of anyone who died of a illness in terrible pain, because I have and it is heart-wrenching.I have held loved ones in my arms as they died. That James chose to take his life in this manner rather than have it end probably in a hospital setting, either wracked with pain or kept totally unconscious, was a brave decision. IMO. And of course, that's my opinion. Honestly,I could see myself doing the same....and I DO believe in God...in a God that isn't adamant that that I suffer it out to the end. Someone mentioned earlier how we put our suffering pets to rest when the situation is hopeless and we cannot bear to watch them in agony, yet it's okay for humans to suffer terribly? Great performances by all. And another reason Benedict Cumberbatch has worked his way to the top of my "favorite actors" list.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2014
Wonderful show of loyalty and friendship in this film. As well, a beautiful film that invites you to think about end of life decisions and who you may want there when you breath your last time on this earth. Benedict Cumberbatch runs the spectrum of emotions in this film, audiences will feel each one with him. Joy, heartache and love run together throughout the scenes, showing Cumberbatch's incredible talent. The ensemble cast is outstanding and the four "boys" are fun to watch throughout. The Peter Pan reference of floating off past the third star into the night is creepily evoked in the last 3 minutes of the film. Each day we live and love is a gift and this film reminds us of that.
I wasn't sure if I would like this movie. I am not really drawn to what I feel will be poignant tear-jerkers (as life can be fraught with enough hardship and pain), but I liked this one. I imagine that it is always hard to keep a story about such a tough subject (cancer) from becoming maudlin and drowning the audience in sorrow, but this had, along with its solid core of real, down-to-earth bonds of friendship between the four men, some genuinely funny moments. The end was kind of what I expected, and I did cry, but I was glad that the main character was able to do what he did on his own terms. I'm not good at reviews, but I hope this encourages people to watch the movie.
Bittersweet and sad. I don't want to give too many thing away. About friends that reunite to help Cumberbatch get to a place he wants to be with all of his friends. He's can't do it on his own and needs their help. Such a Ben fan I had to see it. He's so young in this. Also recommend Stuart a Life Backwards with Ben and Tom Hardy two pretty exceptional actors,
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a perfect little film this is
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2015
What a perfect little film this is! Heart felt and heart rending in equal measure, this is the perfect little British Indie film. Full of heart and emotion, James (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his friends Miles (JJ Feild) Davy(Tom Burke) and Bill (Adam Robertson) go on a camping trip walking to beautiful Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire from which only three of them will return. For James in dying of cancer, so this is a buddy road movie but much more than that - the journey they all take is something else again. The landscape is an extra character, and there are some sweet cameos (nutty turn from Hugh Bonneville as a crazy beachcomber, a grubby and badly behaved angel...and more) This is a story of love, and friendship, of grasping life and also of letting it go.
Hattie Dalton has drawn great performances from her cast, and has also had the confidence to let a glance, a move, a gesture speak volumes rather than overwhelm the film with too much dialogue. A cast of this calibre does not need it. Great to see JJ Feild able to step up to the plate and really act rather than just be a handsome elegant presence, as he is so often cast. But the heart and the soul of the film belongs to Benedict Cumberbatch. This man acts from his core with amazing technique. skill and subtlety, And such empathy, too. A rare talent that deserves all the success he is now achieving. And the final scenes are beautiful to watch. Sad yes, but uplifting and quite, quite beautiful.
A film with a huge scope: this is a feel-good movie about death. A road trip with a difference, it follows four old friends on a voyage of truth, love and the meaning of life. The fifth uncredited character is the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline which is worth the viewing time by itself. There are some understatedly brilliant performances, of course Cumberbatch, but also Hugh Bonneville (not the film's author or director as billed up top) who pulls off eccentricity with pathos in under five minutes; and Adam Robertson who nails the big-hearted force of nature throughout. Hats off to all concerned, especially Vaughan Sivell (writer) and Hattie Dalton for directing a bueatiful little gem.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
I got about half an hour into this film, it didn't seem to have any discernible script - if it wasn't improvisation it certainly came across as such. I suppose if you are a terminally ill 30 year old male, what you really want to do before you die is go for a camping holiday with your three 30 something mates, who are behaving like they are on a stag weekend. A lot too much stupid laddish behaviour, including drunkenness and fights, for me to bother to continue until the end of the film. There were no subtitles, which made it harder to hear what they were all mumbling about.
5.0 out of 5 starsMoving Account of one mans last journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2013
James (Benedict Cumberbatch) has terminal cancer and as a swan song he wants to go to his favourite place one more time before the Grim Reaper makes an early appearance. In order to help him he takes his three longest and dearest friends to help him. They are Davey, Miles and Bill and they have made a special wheel chair to get him to the stunning Welsh coast line of Barafundle Bay.
He needs his medication which he taking in higher dosage to deal with the pain, but on the way he is determined to make the most of his trip. They have a long trip ahead of them and he wants it to be just them, no mobile phones etc. As their progress continues events conspire to throw up all manner of issues from the past and even some from the future and cracks in the friendships soon appear which they are forced to deal with.
Life is a journey and the metaphor here is obvious. For the viewer to care the characters have to be both believable and likeable, and to a great extent they manage to achieve this; despite some very juvenile pranks along the way. The cast put in some commendable performances and the scenery and framing of the shots is all excellent. It deals with the issues around death but also that of a life lived well and how one judges it. I found it to be compelling, moving and a rewarding watch. Made by the BBC in association with the Welsh Film Board this is what the BBC do best, a great drama. Well made, acted and makes you think - recommended
I watched this film with my girlfriend. Her pal often sends me DVD's to watch and then asks my girlfriend what I thought of the various films that she sent. Apparently I am seen as a bit of a cynic. I refute such a thought; I say that I like films which convince me that the events in the film are actually happening. Third Star did that. I had to constantly choke back the tears. Well, I can't have my girlfriend see that I am 'human' now, can I?
One reviewer ponders on the question as to whether the film appeals more to a man than to a woman; that I don't know for sure, but I can say that I pointed out various points about the emotions of the men long before they declared such emotions verbally on screen. Normally it is my girlfriend telling me that I don't understand emotions and hence I don't understand women, smile.
I can't fault the film, or any of the actors. So, now an admission: I am a Benedict fan, smile.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderfully thought-provoking film...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2012
Oh my lord, if you think Benedict Cumberbatch is good as Sherlock then you really should see him in Third Star.
Benedict plays someone who has terminal cancer and whilst the premise doesn't sound particularly inspiring or uplifting, let me tell you it's much, much more than that. The film is beautifully bittersweet and immensely thought-provoking. It's just on the right side of each feeling it makes you endure. It's funny, moving, painful to watch at times and just incredibly emotional. Everyone delivers wonderful performances in their respective roles (the film solely focusing on just the four male friends), but it's a sheer tour de force by Benedict playing the cancer-stricken young man who knows he has little time left, but wants just that extra bit more.
I found myself laughing quite a lot at the beginning, but the more the film went on, the more distressing I found it, particularly some of the scenes where Ben's character is in such pain. And ultimately, well, I won't spoil it, but let's just say that the ending delivered the final blow so that I was an emotional wreck by the time the credits rolled.
Beautifully told, beautifully acted and just a beautiful film. Watch it, but have the tissues handy....
Bought like many other people I guess after discovering Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, I had never heard of this film - can't remember it ever appearing at a cinemas near me. It deserves to be better known, as it most certainly is a timeless classic. It reminds me in some ways of "Brokeback Mountain" as the guys discover each other on the backpacking trip, but I think it's better, because it's very English (well, strictly speaking Welsh, although the Welsh don't come out of it very well, especially the evil fairy). Humour alternates with anger, and the guys open up their hearts with some honest but painful remarks. The structure of the film is very clever, as gradually all their material possessions seem to get "lost", the tent, the watch, the phone, the tree, the medication, until all that's left is the four guys - a parable for our times.
I've only been able to give this four stars because there are no subtitles. These are really necessary, and not just for the hearing impaired. When four guys all talk at once inside a tent in the dark I defy anybody to hear all the words.
5.0 out of 5 stars"Did you really just say gee whiz!?"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2012
I found the trailer online for this and watched it and I just had to get the DVD, it really is a great film. I would not have thought to have watched it at all but the trailer made it look so funny I thought I would give it a go. All four of the boys are amazing and I have always been a fan on J.J.Field and Benedict Cumberbatch. I love J.J's acting style, particularly his witty scenes in this film but as I said all four of them are brilliant.
It is really funny but has the serious side to it as well and of course the emotion which you will definitely need tissues for this film no matter how many times you watch it. The scenery is beautiful in the film and the music suits it perfectly, particularly the James Vincent McMorrow song at the end, that really gets me blubbing!
Plus if you have ever wondered what Hugh Bonneville looks like in denim shorts then you really need this DVD, his character is an absolute hoot!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsTouching, simple and well worth watching
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 18, 2017
This is one of those films that someone recommends to you, but you put off watching it because it's understated.
It's the kind of film that takes you on a journey through the simple, sad and at times funny life of a character that isn't long for this world. I won't go into detail, but it's engrossing. Quite a simple story, well told and acted.
This is by far the best film I have seen with Benedict Cumberbatch. It will break your heart and leave you sobbing like a baby. I just can't tell you how much I love this film, you simply HAVE to see it for yourself. But seriously you will need a whole box of tissues and probably a tub of ice cream to console you afterwards. That is not to say that it is sad all the way through, quite the opposite, I laughed a lot too, and the bond between the boys is very special. The first time I watched this film it broke me, but I just can't stay away. It truly is a magical film.
I love this film - it's right up there with Saving Grace, and (the original) Death at a Funeral. I do wince at some of the language/innuendo (and watched it BEFORE sharing it with my teenagers, to avoid embarassment!) - but Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonnevlle's cameo, and Tom Burke not being a Musketeer... superb acting. It's a true rollercoaster of emotion. The ferryman scene has me weeping in laughter. But the gut-wrenching tragedy of cancer can't fail to move. Five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars** Third Star is one of the best films ever made for the 20th Century **
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2014
Completely blown away by this film would class this film as one of my favourites.
I was moved by how the film dealt with the subject of cancer with the amount of respect, sensitivity and humanity; the loyalty of friendship and coming to terms with losing someone you love. The film also added enough humour to balance out.
Excellence choice of casting and performance from JJ Feild, Tom Burke , Adam Robertson and Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch gave an exceptional performance as the main character of James.
Would recommend Third Star a must see film and rate it 5 out of 5.
I cannot believe I bought this film by chance. This is now one of my favourite films, even though I cried like a baby for the last twenty minutes of it. Benedict Cumberbatch is astonishing in his portrayal of terminal cancer patient James on his last adventures with his oldest and best friends. Be prepared to cry and need a hug after watching it, for this is a heartbreaking story that will stay with you for a long time after it ends.
5.0 out of 5 starsGet your hankies ready for this.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2013
Being a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and most certainly a Cumberbabe ( not bitch), i was looking forward to this and it was great. Superb performance from Benedict, just as i would have expected as it seems to me he can't put a foot wrong in both the roles he picks, and the commitment he brings to the different charactors he plays. This is a sad but uplifting movie and if you want, or need a good cry, and a look at the lovely Mr C, then this is the movie for you!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is by a long way my Favourite Benedict Cumberbatch performance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2016
This is by a long way my Favourite Benedict Cumberbatch performance, he plays the role brilliant, and just like real life there are moments of joy and sadness. I do recommend watching this, even if you are not a Cumberbatch fan