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Clint Eastwood, the director of the movie, has done it again. Here After (Warner Bros.) is a beautiful masterpiece and a witty way of merging the trilogies, having a single plot of dealing with afterlife experiences not to mention that relationship each have with the other.
I am not one bit surprised with Matt Damon’s role as George. One thing that is refreshing is that he doesn’t have any action scenes unlike his past and more popular movies. This way you tend to appreciate the raw talent focusing on actions and reactions to things and situation.
Other cast members also were exceptional. The short role of Bryce Dallas Howard was also mind-blowing especially the scene where George was forced to tell the past of Melanie and despite the warnings, she still insisted that resulted in a one-take tear dropping which was so perfect for that instance. Cecile De France (as Marie Lelay) was great in her own right. Though admittedly I had to focus more on the subtitles that I was not able to “really” notice her performance. One of the things that got me was the scene between George and Marcus (Frankie McLaren) when he was “connecting” with him, describing how his brother is. That was a true tearjerker scene. You could actually feel the pain of Marcus.
It’s been months since I encountered such a brilliant film and it’s such a pleasant surprise since, at first, I do not have any impressions of the movie – probably the reason why I deeply enjoy this film.
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I really couldn’t say that I fell in love with the movie from the very start. Though Due Date (Warner Bros.) has a good and simple plot, and achieving a typical “odd couple” for the journey was set. I guess the “complications” along the way was a tad bit too stretchy for me. Don’t get me wrong, the acting was great but it’s a bit too shallow and somewhat forgettable, though still entertaining. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Peter Highman; Zach Galifianakis plays Ethan Tremblay and/or Ethan Chase; Michelle Monaghan plays Sarah Highman; and Jaime Foxx plays Darryl. There was also a scene with Danny McBride who plays a disabled Western Union employee and he is so hilarious.
I did have some issues on how Zach Galifianakis played his role. It was second guessing is he was gay in the movie on the basis of his mannerisms, like the way he walked or the way he handles his dog. Not that there’s really something wrong with his character but it wasn’t really clear and precise so it tends to be speculated and until the end of the movie, I was still wondering.
I also had a problem with the gun shooting scene. The thing that I don’t get is that Zach’s role is not retarded or lacks some common sense, though clumsy most of the time, but to accidentally shoot Robert was a bit desperate. I guess that’s how simple the storyline is that they need obstacles like this to stretch the movie a bit. It was an intense scene when both Ethan (Zach) and Peter (Robert) started doubting the paternity of the unborn child of Sarah (Michelle) in connection with Darryl (Jaime) and it will only be answered and clarified once the baby was borne. It kept you guessing and second guessing until they reached the hospital where Michelle was giving birth.
But one thing I did appreciate is the unfound friendship that was borne between them all throughout the journey. A true “odd couple” plot. There were intense scenes where they either despise, resent, and hate each other or empathize, understand, and appreciate each other.
Overall, I still do recommend this movie for those who just want to be entertained with no expectations of the movie or even the characters. The lessons of the movie is also worthwhile and basically you can meet new friends in the oddest of places – they did.