More British films like this are needed (by GandTFilms)
*** Possible spoilers below, but I will try and keep this from giving anything away *** If you really want to see a more genuine, enjoyable, honest and endearing film then 'An Long Way Down' fits the bill. From the moment I saw the trailer for this film it was on my top list of films to see this month.With a fabulous cast that are not only funny and a joy to watch, considering the material the films story line deals with, but have great chemistry together, you felt compelled to be a friend to one of if not all of the main four characters.It's rare treat for a film to genuinely <more>
make you laugh out loud, to something that isn't trying hard for a laugh and strikes that right balance to make you feel those moments that will tug on you.Forget what the critics have said, it is clear they didn't look at this film with the right frame of mind and only had one idea of what they wanted from this movie... and with that notion in mind this would only disappoint them.Many British films seldom deserve the accolade of best British film of the year... but right here is deserving contender. In a British scene that is deluged in bad gangster films, council estate based dramas that depress and uninspiring period dramas; thanks heavens there is a wonderfully delicious and grown-up gem of a film here that has a little fun along the way.*** Spoilers *** The performances of Brosnan, Collette, Paul and Poots, are thoroughly enjoyable, brave, convincing and take you in with each part of the film that is attributed to their cog in the overall machine of the story, the fluidty of how this is driven works extremely well and spares us the usual pitfall of most film makers who rely on random flashbacks; no flashbacks here, the story bounds along with pace and thoughtfulness all in the right places.If there is anything to complain about... and trust me there is very little, is that I'm left wanting even more, to see more about the lives that are shared in the film, but to me this is a positive too... to want more out of a film is to feel you have met four great friends that you would like to see again.I highly recommend 'A Long Way Down' to anyone. British film industry take note... more films like this please.
A seriously underrated brilliant film (by larajayoxbo)
This film was the most touching one I have seen in a very long time. The ratings just don't do it justice, the story line is amazing and the actors are even better, all the characters were brought to life. Everything that happened made you feel connected to the characters and they won't leave your hearts any time soon. It highlights some of the struggles that many people have to go through in society now and shows what happens when people are thrown into the spotlight. You feel a range of emotions, from being sad to happy, scared to joyous. I really enjoyed this and will be watching <more>
it many more times in the future. I would definitely recommend watching this, you'll love it.
..... and I mean that in a good way! This movie is nothing deep nor depressing, so don't fear the subject of suicidal people being it's focus. It's a delightful yet not probable story of four lost people that think they have reached the end of their coping abilities with life challenges.After they discover one another a whole new meaning in their humdrum lives opens and the pleasures and conflicts of living start anew. Pascal Chaumeil smartly divides the story into four parts to offer the viewer an insight into each of the four main characters lives. And we see things are never <more>
as bad as each of the four imagine. Maybe Maureen's story presents the greatest challenge but she needed this path to discover how much she actually cared about her son.I suggest to anyone that wants a story that is not a love story or an action flick, to grab this movie and enjoy!
The trailer suggested this film was a light, but moving film, about suicidal people who help each other to find a future worth living for. And so it turned out too.Film opens with Pierce Brosnan playing TV celebrity Martin Sharp, who has decided to kill himself. This is explained by Mr Brosnan in his narration accompanying the opening action scenes. A tacky and tasteless sex-scandal, has destroyed his life and so he decides to end it. Well prepared for this, he is interrupted by Maureen, played by Toni Collette, who is on the same mission. Jess, played by Imogen Poots, is a third would-be <more>
suicide who joins them. Finally a fourth, JJ, played by Aaron Paul joins too. Their suicides being interrupted, they decide not to kill themselves, and thus our story unfolds.The story was written by Nick Hornby, who has previously written 'Fever Pitch' and 'About a Boy', both of which have been made into films. Thus Nick Hornby, in his books, delivers a believable true-life London, as does Richard Curtis in his films like 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' 1994 , 'Notting Hill' 1999 , and 'About Time' from last year. The people are believable, despite the narrow social-set excepting the obligatory, and token, American .The attempted suicides story becomes public, a media storm ensues, made even more interesting by a connection to Chris Crichton MP. Our would-be suicides, now in a no-suicide pact, resolve to control the story, thus Martin Sharp returns to his TV sofa, along with the three others. After the interview they plan to escape the media by going on holiday.Some critics have decided that Pierce Brosnan has become a good actor. However this reviewer has been impressed with Mr Brosnan ever since his silent, smiling, semi-naked, swimming-trunk wearing, appearance out of the swimming-pool, in 'The Long Good Friday' 1980 . In this film, 'ALWD', he impresses with his early narration, and accent, throughout the film. It is not Bob Hoskins, but it is an authentic London accent. His acting too is convincing.The other three would-be suicides also give believable performances. Young Mr Paul plays an extremely irritating character. So too does young Miss Poots. However her character also has an equal amount of sweetness too. She exudes fragility and vulnerability, thus love for her, and her love for others, is what moves along the plot. She rightly deserves her top billing. Both these young leads have a decent back-catalogue of work. So too does Miss Collette, who incidentally also appeared in the film 'About a Boy'. All three of their characters are given some back-story in this film, and these are some of the more poignant moments in the film.Experienced Sam Neill has a small, but tasty, role. So too does Rosamund Pike, who is going to be the voice of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the 'Thunderbirds Are Go! forthcoming 2015 TV series. New girl Tuppence Middleton also delivered in her small role. A good performance by her here, is surely just the first of many in the future.Director Pascal Chaumeil delivers a good film to us. The shot of a blurry figure in a corridor, reminds of similar iconic shots; Nick Nolte, in the steam, in Chinatown, in '48HRS' 1982 , or Clint Eastwood's nameless stranger, riding through the heat-haze in 'High Plains Drifter' 1973 . However our blurry figure in 'ALWD' is reassuring, without being sinister too. A good shot, but merely one of many; on holiday, in the hospital, caring, or just walking with head down; all filmed and captured perfectly.If you have seen the trailer, then you will know what to expect. This is a nice light film about a heavy subject. As such it is in fact life enhancing. Rather like last year's 'We're the Millers', this is a film about a bunch of strangers coming together, and in doing so helping each other to have better future lives. Family drama 'Papadopoulos & Sons' 2012 , also showed, despite adversity, a family developing stronger bonds. 'ALWD' has a similar theme.A feel-good movie. Enjoy the film. Enjoy life! 9/10.
I expected a comedy. I love English movies and am rarely disappointed. It had some funny moments, but a comedy, it's not. And I was STILL not disappointed. It was a very good story, a NICE story. I use that word a lot but sometimes, I can't think of a more appropriate one.As you know, 4 people who are planning suicide end up not doing it on New Year's Eve making a pact to do it Valentine's Day. It shows how they bond over the coming weeks and as has been mentioned, they form a sort of surrogate co-dependent family. It's a chance for them to talk out their issues and have <more>
someone with issues just as tough for them in different unique ways , to listen. Misery loves company. What starts as mutual annoyance slips into reluctant friendship and you eventually see it become a loving family of sorts.Nice. Photography, done well. Acting, hey, it's a cast of real pros, so you can expect that was good. But honestly, unless the photography and acting is really wretched, WHO CARES? When I read the reviews of others, I want only to know if it was a good story executed well, not if it's academy award material.I don't know if this could win an Oscar and don't care. It was very nice movie with a upbeat story. Isn't that really all that matters in the long run?
although the movie isn't all that maximum in realistic aspects of storytelling, it is a very enjoyable movie and i honestly think that the rating it has received is a bit on the low side.the acting is good, the story is unusual which makes it a original movie by itself and it has characters to which you can relate to.If i may be very honest: I was thinking about suicide as well, sometimes whenever i was on a tall building looking down i soon wondered what it would be like if i just "fell down" this film however showed me that whatever the reason to depression is it can be solved <more>
and after watching this film i haven't had any suicidal thoughts.Give this film a chance, it might sound really grim and it is a bit of a shocking subject but it is really good and it deserves the attention.Pim
A nice movie that may be a bit too much criticized (by nick_pp2001-911-354805)
I went to the movie with no idea what I was about to see. Genuinely had no idea about the plot and had no expectations at all.Given the above I loved it. While it was entertaining and had that specific British humor which I find nice, it also had some powerful moments.At the end it made me think about the kind of problems people face in their lives without making me sad like most of the movies that cover similar topics. I'm glad I went to it. Well spent money.I would advice the audience to just see it like I did - without even checking the plot and the actors. Not knowing what it's <more>
all about made the experience a bit better in my opinion.
Had no idea what this film was when I decided to watch it on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised by how attached I became to the subject matter, the characters and the story. Brosnan is a disgraced TV personalty and decides to commit suicide by jumping off the top of a building on New Year's Eve. While up there, he meets 3 other people, played by Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, all there to do the same thing. None of them commit the act and instead form a weird bond between each other. A pact is made not to commit suicide until the next "popular" suicide date, which <more>
is Valentine's Day. Dark subject matter, I know. Despite the content of the film involving topics such as cancer, suicide, underage sex and other questionable character choices, the film balances this topics interestingly enough to keep it rather light. It never became too dark, nor too comedic. It walked a fine line of genuine trust in the characters. I found myself attached to each one, their faults, their quirks and liked them all. Imogen Poots has the hardest task of playing the "wild card" character. This character can sometimes become irritatingly annoying and I can see some people thinking her performance here is just that, but I found it oddly charming and real. She's a young girl who yearns to be loved and can't find it. She's lost, she feels alone and she turns to uncomfortable humour as a shield to hide her true feelings. I felt that her character had the most demons and she came off as the most interesting. The film is broken up into four segments and each segment is from one of the characters POV. At first I was afraid that it was going to be one of those films that played the same event multiple times from different character perspectives, but was relieved when that was not the case. The film fails to use the supporting cast effectively. Sam Neil is only in a few select scenes and Rosamund Pike is in one very uncomfortable one. Couldn't help but feel that their talents were slightly wasted here. I had no idea this film was based on a book, thus had nothing to hold it against. There seems to be a lot of hate towards it, but I was genuinely interested from start to finish.
great film! so good to see pierce brosnan doing this kind of workalong w other films he's recently done. well done.wow. human beings huh? life. etc. love. the lives of strangers in our own towns. apartment buildings. humanity.if we'd only have a bit more compassion each week. a small thing here or there for another. turn off the spirit crushing TV programming and watch some good films like this one. might do the trick. if only for a moment.better than nothing.