Sorry, this movie sucks
best movie i've ever seen.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
This is a dark and sometimes deeply uncomfortable drama
Have you been wanting to watch a coming of age story featuring predominantly well-off Caucasian youth? Adults who don't appear to ever actually work? Endless shots of blissful Americana during the Golden Hour? Do you want to watch a painfully oblivious father whose worst challenge in life appears to be coercing his son into (inappropriately) acting as his best man? Then this is the movie for you!It also has a lot of really poor dubbing and audio cleanup work that's distracting. And I'm not really sure how the Asian kid is anything other than a racist portrayal.I'll take The Goonies and Harold and Kumar instead. They're better on the coming of age, road trip, and stereotype fronts.
I would love to refer this film, but I can't because of the gunge. The bad outweighs the good. Arg.The actors are all spot-on and fabulous and fun. Loved seeing Ben Kingsley and James Le Gros. And we liked meeting Katie Chang.The scenery is absolutely beautiful.The story is important and heart-wrenching and motivating and quick-witted.But the vocabulary and the references are mundane, unimaginative, low-brow, and just plain "ew". They weigh the whole thing down like oil on a duck. Ironically, this crude language is making our clever and thoughtful words evermore extinct and narrowing our language and our minds. Sad.
Rarely has my entire family agreed that a film we're watching is so bloody awful that we simply cannot continue watching. After struggling through about two-thirds of this amateurish mess, terrible acting, and awful script, we finally decided enough was enough and bemoaned our throwing away six bucks to watch this idiotic crap on demand. Apparently Ben Kingsley will do anything for a pay check, because why he would throw away his considerable, proved talent for this trash is utterly bewildering. None of the characters are remotely likable, the script panders embarrassingly to prurient male juvenile titillation (oh, yeah - lots of plays on titmouse and similar to evince yucks from boys), and the "plot" is so transparent as to be insulting. Throw in a breast flash early on (from the soon-to-be stepmom!), plenty of pubescent sexual innuendo and references to other female anatomy, and this film seems to have been made by- and for- emotionally stunted 13-year olds. I can see by other rave reviews that this film obviously has a target demographic and audience, but if this is what teen birders are supposed to be like, I say next time you see an adolescent boy with binoculars wandering around your campsite, call the park rangers and report him!
This is a sweet and moving film that goes beyond your ordinary feel-good movie. The layered story and its characters touch on grief, growing up, family, friendship, adventure and birds. Some topics that come up are: a father-son relationship, first crush, hiking, marriage, coming to terms with losing a loved one, competition and of course, bird-watching (which you will learn about in an authentic way). It is completely engaging, earnest and real. It is gorgeous to watch as the nature scenes are beautifully filmed. The acting is honest and the characters are delightful. It is also very, very funny. I loved it, as did my 14 year old son. I would recommend it for tweens, teens and adults.