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Plot: A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Runtime: 120 mins Release Date: 15 Aug 2014
It's theeeee most meaningful movie i have ever seen (by uniqueritwick)
This is for the first time I am writing a review for a movie despite the fact that i have been a big time movie buff for 20 years. Reason...I was compelled to step out of my own resignation. Of all the brilliant movies out there, this one, in my humble opinion, has the power to shift something deep inside 'most' people. Most.... but not all,,, for some people are so inured into the vagaries of life that they might lose patience with a somewhat slow pace of the movie. Well, losers....have patience...it will pay. If you are someone who values time....YOUR TIME...ON THIS <more>
PLANET...you've gotta watch this. There is no incomprehensible philosophical blabbering in this....just plain and authentic experiential learning of a psychiatrist committed to figuring out the answer of perhaps the oldest question of mankind in a non judgmental objective way. Categorically recommended to everyone with even an ounce of brain.
This is a really really good movie. (by cameronkeys-996-768231)
Caught a screening. Hard to put your finger on, it's not exactly a comedy or romance or drama but it's got all those elements in it yet they all balance perfectly. Really had me. Well, I laughed a lot, so maybe it is a comedy. Everybody's funny in it. Simon Pegg is the best I've ever seen him. Always loved him, never exactly thought of him as a dramatic actor but he sure lays it down here. Wonderful surprise, I hope he does more quality moves like this, he's too talented to waste. Most worthwhile film I've seen all year. Just incredibly satisfying. No spoilers here so <more>
I'll just say it's a really great. Going to take my friends when it comes around again. Funny, smart and a terrific ending. Why is that so hard to do these days?
Fanstastic, modern film with fine performances (by scottish_john)
I loved this film. It made me smile throughout and laugh out loud at several points. The performances are excellent, with Simon Pegg in particular turning in his usual high standard of performance as Hector.I loved the locations, many of the supporting characters, the time-span and the punctuation of the film with Hector's findings about Happiness as his "research" developed. For me, this gave the film a modern feel.It was beautifully shot. I even enjoyed the ending and the discomfort it induced in some members of the audience.A masterpiece of a movie. I could watch it again and <more>
again and will buy the DVD so I can watch it at Christmas or when I'm ill because it will make me feel better, just like a feel-good movie is meant to. 10/10
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hector, the acting and production all top class, Mr Pegg showed his acting maturity and Rosamund Pike played her role perfectly, the final scenes were quite poignant and not what I was expecting at all. Toni Collette at the end of the film giving a strong performance and Hector and the audience something to think about, I have used a couple of the things he discovers on his journey in my life already. Some are a bit obvious but there is some good advice in there. If you are looking for an alternative to some predictable movie with an over muscled pretty boy <more>
blowing stuff up, this could be for you. Go see it.
Good performances from all the actors. Lots of lovely visuals. The tone is playful and perfect for the material. The story is what you'd expect from the title: a trip around the world with stops along the way that explore different ideas about what makes people happy. It's a fun film, not a preachy one. The ideas it explores aren't new, but they're ideas worth looking at more than once. Simon Pegg's performance somehow reminds me of Audrey Tatou in Amélie, though the two films are quite different.Check your cynicism at the door and you'll leave the theatre feeling <more>
It was a life changing movie for me (by farahkim86)
Hector and the Search of Happiness has at least changed me greatly. It's not a very deep philosophical movie and many people with a knack for getting into the roots of philosophy and human psyche may not really find this that much of an appealing movie - but for me, the message this movie sent out was enough to know the fact that, "it is not the pursuit of happiness but the happiness of pursuit" that we must focus on. Going on to the movie itself, yes, in real, not everyone can pack their bags and go on a journey and so the movie falls back on the realism aspect. Nevertheless, I <more>
sought to find meaning in the experiences Hector has rather than the travel or realistic aspects of the movie. Within subtle comical dialog, you are made aware of your existence as a grumpy, grim person, not wanting to initiate any form of happiness because you are so addicted to the idea of gloom, pain, misery and pessimism. You may not find the mind-blowing answers to happiness if you are already a very happy person, but if you're like the rest of us zombies, this movie is absolutely a must watch. If anything, it's great to lift your spirits up if you're on a gloomy phase.
Psychiatrist Hector has a beautiful girlfriend and his life is going well. But despite his successful career he is unable to make his patients happy, and fears this may be due to his inability to be happy himself. So, with the sort-of blessing of his bemused girlfriend, he sets off on an open-ended journey in pursuit of the secret of what makes people happy, which takes him to China, the Himalayas, Africa, and Los Angeles.This film reminded me of Ben Stiller's Walter Mitty remake - both films are gently amusing stories about men who are good-hearted but rather lost, embarking on a <more>
travelogue to try to find themselves. There is a very similar vibe to both films both have animated links, for instance , and both Stiller and Simon Pegg as Hector do "likeable but put-upon" very well.If I was harsh, I would come up with a couple of criticisms. One is that Hector has a life which others would kill to have, so what has he to be discontented about? And the other is that the episodic nature of his search is both a strength and a weakness and the episodes aren't always credible or conclusive, especially the one in China .But the film, like its main character, has a good heart. Pegg stretches himself a little more than usual, and gets good support from the rest of the cast. The film is often funny, sometimes moving, and I left the cinema feeling uplifted.
Hector and the Search for Happiness: A successful philosophical lecture. (by niutta-enrico)
There is a new cinematographic genre. In the beginning after a short prehistoric Fantasy period films were mainly about lives we all wanted to live: beautiful partners, money, adventures then came reality. But it didn't change much on my opinion : adventures got more realistic, however, which made them more interesting.Now is the time of Philosophy. And this is a real change. Might have been 'Mon oncle d'Amérique 1980 ' the first one? I don't know, I'm not really an expert. Anyway many movies currently teach 'The Little Death', 'I, Origins', to <more>
quote just the latter releases . They focus on one aspect of human behavior and explicitly state Author's philosophical or scientific beliefs on this matter. Which is a nice innovation, on my opinion.The present movie is one of these. It's a very good film, never boring, about a wealthy man in his forties who doesn't really have any problems but, as happens to most people, doesn't feel really happy either. Given the premises I think that the most important feature to be discussed are Author's ideas, which I found very honest and I think that most people would agree with me , no matter how deep they actually were. Overall movie's quality, on the other hand, is very high: acting was really good I didn't imagine Simon Pegg could ever look attractive and so were editing and direction. A successful philosophical lecture? I guess so. You decide.
A rather mature film from Simon Pegg (by drturker-bayrak)
At the time of writing this review, there is a massive absence of films suitable for audience who does not necessarily enjoy titles such as Expendables III or Hercules. If you happen to be one who seeks some deeper meaning in your movie experience, this film is for you. In fact if you are not, you may still find some aspects of the film entertaining enough.In summary, the main character Hector has some grown up problems and in order to find some closure to his past issues, he takes an epic journey. From a Simon Pegg film, you would expect these journeys to be very funny and light adventures. <more>
Sometimes these adventures are indeed funny and light but mostly they are rather serious. Issues faced include midlife crisis, relationship problems, corruption and poverty in Africa, etc. The film has a fast enough phase an it is never boring or depressing, yet it can be both funny and serious at the same time. I believe the film is currently underrated by the IMDb crowd.If you have watched Simon Pegg films with zombies, aliens or cops and you are looking to find more of the same experience, this film might not satisfy your expectations. This film is a genuine and sometimes lightly philosophical attempt to ponder and think about what makes us human beings happy and satisfied with ourselves.