>A five star cast in a two star film

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Why are they all in love with Harris?

Evening (2007) – A psychological drama about hasty life choices and late remorse told from a feminine point of view. A critic-acclaimed novel which screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize winner author Michael Cunningham (who wrote The Hours) and whose dream ensemble cast consist of names like Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson, Toni Collette and Claire Danes, among others. It should have been a great film. But it wasn’t. Ann (played in old age by Redgrave) is a dying woman confined in bed while receiving all the attention her two loving daughters (Richardson and Collette) dedicate to her last moments. She keeps mentioning the name Harris over and over, and her daughters have no idea who the man in question might be. Of course the audience will know who he is long before her daughters. Through constant flashbacks, the director goes back to the 1950s, to the day where Ann (now Claire Danes) met a doctor named Harris (Patrick Wilson) during the tumultuous weekend her best friend Lila (Meryl Streep and real life daughter Mamie Gummer) was supposed to get married.

Lila is not quite sure about the marriage. She has been in love with another man – Harris – since she was 15 (she’s now 24), but Ann is falling in love with him as well. And then, there’s Lila’s brother, the alcoholic and attention-seeker Buddy (Hugh Dancy, the best acting in the young cast) who seemed to be affected by Harris as well. We have now a love square. Why is this Harris so magnetic? I haven’t read the book, but I’m afraid the screenplay miserably failed on transporting to the screen how inspiring he is supposed to be and Wilson’s heartless performance didn’t help either. In addition, Claire Danes doesn’t convince the audience even on post-romance flashbacks (a frustrating meeting in an awful rainy day) whereas Redgrave in her most tormenting dreams makes you feel sorry for that woman’s lost love. More old Ann moans on her past, more you want to know about it, and luckily most of the action is set in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the movie answers (or doesn’t answer at all) important questions too slowly through a constant still atmosphere that frustrates deeply in the end.

Streep and Redgrave inject heart in a rare Evening warm moment

33 Comments to “>A five star cast in a two star film”

  1. >Romeika, fiquei tão frustrada com a reação que "Evening" teve. Eu tinha tanta expectativa com esse filme, mas, infelizmente, parece que ele é mesmo decepcionante – como seu texto mesmo prova.De qualquer maneira, você destaca aquilo que todo mundo falou bem: Hugh Dancy. E, mesmo assim, vou assistir "Evening" quando ele estrear por aqui. 🙂

  2. >É decepcionante mesmo, Kamila. Já sabia da recepção negativa, mas mesmo assim quis ver o filme. Tem alguns pontos positivos como a bela fotografia e um elenco que dá conta do recado mesmo com o roteiro falho. A exceção fica pra Claire Danes e Patrick Wilson, que me pareceram escolhas erradas. Ah, e ainda tem esse Hugh Dancy. Não o conhecia e foi o que me chamou mais a atenção, afinal, eu estava curiosa pra ver a filha da Meryl Streep, mas ele é que surpreende, apesar do papel mal desenvolvido (mas todos os papéis são meio que mal desenvolvidos..)Pra uma história com grande potencial dramático, o filme resultou muito seco, frio. Mas vai que vc assista e tenha outra percepção:-)

  3. >Vou assistir, com certeza, até porque adoro o Michael Cunningham e quero prestigiar seu trabalho.Romeika, é incrível como a Claire Danes decaiu, porque, em "Stardust", ela está péssima.Também não me conformo em ver o Patrick Wilson desperdiçando todo esse potencial de leading man que ele tem.

  4. >Pois é, eu gostava tanto da Claire Danes, imaginava um futuro melhor pra ela no cinema. Ela está meio que perdida em "Evening", mas não diria péssima. E o Patrick Wilson, coitado, tb decaiu de uma certa forma nesse filme. Vc gosta é muito dele, né?

  5. >Gosto bastante do Patrick Wilson. Além de lindo, tem uma voz marcante. 🙂

  6. >omg, i absolutely hated both the book and the movie, haha. the book is told stream of concious and i'm all for that style of writing considering I love James Frey & Tim O'Brien, two writers who use this style, but i dunno if honestly, its really meant for women, well at least not this woman lol, it was just too much information and sap with her, seriously there were lines like, "and when harris kissed ann it felt as if her soul was exploding into her body" or some utter crap like that. i really never found the allure of harris he's kinda cold, cocky, and a bit of a jerk. when got to see the film i noticed that as much as they changed from the original book it was still a trainwreck. you're right buddy is the only compelling character, even though i had little interest in harris in the novel, my interest decimated to 0 from the film. and omg, the angles of life and death with vanessa redgrave were horrendously campy!

  7. >Kamila, sei o quanto vc gosta da voz dele hehehe:-pJayne, it seems like you disliked the film more than I did:-) But you're right, the whole Old Ann "Harris, Oh Harris" thing sounded really artificial, despite of Redgrave's effort on making those scenes sound true. And I didn't know the book was this cheesy, no way I'll ever be reading it.

  8. >Hello!!!Achei seu blog através do blog da kamila!Gostei muito e vou passar a frequentar! Gostei dos textos e é uma otima oportunidade de praticar meu inglês!"Evening" não chegou por aqui e também não está na minha lista de prioridades. Se puder, passa no meu blog depois!Abraços!

  9. >I saw the movie trailer (preview) for this movie. It sounded interesting, and I like the people acting in it. I almost went to see it.

  10. >hmmm.. i havent seen it yet – i guess its not woth my time?

  11. >Oi Andressa, obrigada pela visita. Passarei no seu blog qualquer dia desses. Abs!Seraphine, you haven't missed anything.Modern Marie, most of people who saw it didn't like it. But this is subjective. Who knows for you or someone else it would be a different (and better) experience.

  12. >it sounds pretty much like the kind of movie i'll watch. but i prolly go look for the book=p haha!and thanks for d comment!! lol and i;m sure u'll look fab in yr wide legged jeans!ps/i miss yr photographs!!

  13. >Já ouvi falarem muito bem desse filme Romeika, pena que vá demorar para passar por essas bandas de cá!

  14. >Esperava muito desse filme, mas assim que as críticas começaram a sair, perdi todas as expectativas. Quando estrear aqui no Brasil, verei somente pelo elenco mesmo…Abraço! 😉

  15. >Hi Penelope, it's been so busy these days, sweet of you to miss my humble photographs. -x-Cassiano, não se preocupe com a demora, filmes melhores chegarão mais rápido aí..Vinícius, só vale a pena pelo elenco mesmo. Abraços.

  16. >anything with meryl streep on it is worth watching, plus i adore claire danes :)why are you not uploading fotolog anymore¿

  17. >ooh!! I love psychological thrillers but this movie just doesn't seem to be able to capture me… But maybe i'll give it a try since you recommend it. ^^

  18. >Miss_Scarlett: Meryl Streep plays only a couple of minutes in it. Just a single scene. And as for Claire Danes, I used to like her a lot, but she's so lost in this film. Oh, as for fotolog, I just got tired of it:-)Cotton Candy: It's not a thriller and I don't really recommend it at all *lol* But as I've already replied to someone here, maybe you'd like the film somehow. 🙂

  19. >Por aqui também não chegou…Não vejo muita dimensão nos assuntos de Evening, quero dizer…são assuntos muito casuais, que chamam a filmes que não dão certo quando mal direcionados! Mas gosto de situações vistas pelo lado feminino…são geralmente menos superficiais!Beeijo!Tem Ed Wood no Eco Social…todo cinéfilo deve conferir!!!! Se ainda não viu…

  20. >Entrei na sua página sobre personal stylist! Muuito legal!!!O site é mesmo bom!muitos beijoss

  21. >Achei que seria um ótimo filme, que pena! Mas foi bom ter lido seu texto! Agora vou deixar para ver esse filme quando sair em DVD. É assim que faço com filmes que não são tão bons, deixo p/ o DVD, no cinema gosto de ir para ver bons filmes!

  22. >I really like Claire Danes with dark hairI've seen trailers for this but I have to admit it never really caught my attention

  23. >É, tem uns filmes que deixam mesmo a desejar, apesar do elenco. Ainda mais um elenco de referência. Mas vou assistir :)________________________Desculpe a demora, estava ausente! O apartamento que eu falei que era LINDO foi o das fotos da Johanna Öst… nem sei se você lembra desse comentário. Ah, tem um programa na Sony, "Brazil´s Next Top Model", só lembro de voc~e qdo vejo :)=**

  24. >I can't take to Claire Danes. I thought she was outstanding in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, but I think she's made a lot of bad decisions regarding her post-R+J roles, and I can't help but see her as this incredibly whiny and boring actress. There is nothing expressive about her, nothing.Re: I warm my socks too! I used to warm my school uniform on it when I was younger, so I'd be warm outside =)

  25. >I just wanna run to watch that movie now ;)greets

  26. >i never thought claire danes was any good as an actress, although i think meryl streep is a genius… it's disappointing that you said it's not that good. maybe i'll catch it on dvd instead. haha.

  27. >William, adoro filmes sob um ponto de vista feminino, mas esse "Evening" não vingou. Acho que nem as mulheres vão gostar. Já vi "Ed Wood", um dos meus favoritos do Burton, mas do Ed Wood diretor nunca vi nada.Kira, obrigada. Faz tempo que enviei a última coluna pro site e nunca postaram.Carolina, vc está certíssima em deixar só os filmes bons pro cinema.Coco, i like her better blonde.Oi Hannya, há quanto tempo! Nem sei se as fotos foram tiradas num apartamento ou numa casa, mas concordo, o ambiente era bonito. Beijos =*Meg, I loved her in "Romeo + Juliet" as well, it's a pity her career turned out this way.. I agree with you, though i liked her in some small films such as "Polish Wedding" (not quite sure of the title).Gilda, Meryl Streep is indeed a genius, she injects a total fresh atmosphere whenever she appears on a piece of film. Cris Lazoru and Tripping Lux: REALLY?!? :-O

  28. >Adorei o filme. É duro e profundo e é preciso ter uma certa abertura de espirito para o compreender.

  29. >Oi Francisca, obrigada pela visita. Respeito sua opiniao positiva sobre o filme, mas acho que o fato de eu nao ter gostado do mesmo nao tem relacao com a sua afirmacao de que "eh preciso ter uma certa abertura de espirito" pra compreende-lo. De qualquer maneira, gostaria de saber mais do seu ponto de vista.

  30. >To bad the movie didn't turn out as good as we would hope. After all, the cast, like you said, is 5 stars. I haven't seen ir yet because it hasn't arived here in Brasil, but I anticipate it very much, especially because I find Meryl Streep onde of the best actresses ever.Even though you didn't really aproove the movie, I just can't wait to watch it.Great blog, liked it a lot and will always come here. If you don't mind, I'll coment in english, since there are few people to wich I can really comunicate with in english.Ciao!

  31. >Oi Wally, obrigada pela visita e pelo elogio ao blog. Fico feliz que vc pretenda voltar e participar das discussoes cinematograficas. ^^ Eu tinha altas expectativas quanto a esse filme, e me decepcionei, mas isso eh individual, quem sabe vc nao goste do filme, como a Francisca. E nao se preocupe, pode postar em ingles, muita gente faz o mesmo, apesar de terem portugues como a primeira lingua. E eh bom pq todo mundo entende o seu comentario;-) Abracos.

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