Bring a box of Kleenex (by mjorgensen62-40-114257)
I'm glad I saw this movie alone. It's kinda embarrassing for a guy to be crying at a movie. A relationship builds between the two characters Rossum and Swank that goes far beyond acting. I judge a movie by how much I care about what happens to the characters. This movie did not disappoint. At times, the movie is funny; at times, it's all you can do to not sob out loud. No spoilers here -- you'll have to let the plot build up around you.As the closing credits roll, try to listen to the words of the song. Dry your eyes so you can see who's singing it.
5-Star Movie (by Modoc_1-132-780064)
First of all to the person that wrote the review that it was a 4.7 chick flick! I really don't believe you even saw the movie or you could not have written what you did!!!This was a fantastic, very well done deeply gratifying movie! The STARS played their parts very well! And yes I am a guy! I could not have asked for anything better! ALS is a very debilitating disease and this shows what people who live with it everyday has to go through!Not only the patient, but also the surrounding people! This movie portrays the life they go through very well! You won't be disappointed if you see <more>
I loved this film as my family did as well. Kate Hillary swank and her carer Bec's Emmy Rossum play two fantastic roles, Kate is a talented women who is in a loving relationship but that all changes in dramatic fashion. Bec's is a rogue with no direction in her shambles of a life until she meets Kate, quite an unlikely friendship develops between the two women. Now Bec's has got no experience when dealing with ALS patients but this is what seems to draw Kate to Bec's looking after her, Bec's doesn't treat her like she is dying and that's exactly what Kate <more>
needs. You need to be prepared for an emotional film as this is definitely one of them, not just for the sick Kate but also Bec's.Enjoy this film with a box of tissues.
A beautiful movie that will touch your heart. (by MadameMim)
¤¤¤ SPOILERS¤¤¤You get caught in the movie from the start. Swank does an amazing performance as Kate, and I totally adore Rossum as Bec - at times I caught myself seeing her as Fiona -her character in Shameless. Their relationship grows with the movie, and it's very touching to see how Kate, even though her illness is getting worse, is finding joy, new friends and laughter. Throughout the movie I was half laughing and at times with tears in my eyes. OK , fair enough I usually get emotional in these kinds of movies - Like for example P.S I Love You , you know from the start <more>
what's about to happen and your sad, and happy and actually " feel good" at times - so this one wasn't any different in that sense, well I cried a lot more in this one ; Don't miss out the song on the end, listen to the lyrics, it's so sweet and sad.
It isn't easy knowing your dying! (by wilsp-25512)
Regardless of the other criticism watch this movie. You'll recognize someone you have known or someone you know now. ALS is merciless and cruel. Watch this movie. The two main characters are portrayed beautifully. The others are easily forgotten. Watch this movie. It isn't about the good guys vs the bad guys. It's about incurable, despicable diseases. There are too many. Watch this movie and let it pull you in. Then think about that one person you know.
Shedding Light on ALS (by dylananders)
Hilary Swank plays a great role in this movie, she truly shows the pain and suffering that someone with ALS faces. Although it is just acting, Swank moves you as she shows a struggling pianist that not only has to face a horrible disease, but faces emotional distress emotionally. As Swank's character becomes more sick, Swank must act more and more sickly, moving slower and speaking slower also. This movie pulls on the heartstrings as the fight between Swank's character and the fight with ALS becomes increasingly difficult. The fact that Swank can accurately represent the disease in <more>
the movie allows those that do not understand the disease to see the struggles and issues that those that suffer face every day. I enjoyed this movie because it is a serious drama and it made me feel happy, sad, joyous, and thoughtful all at the same time. It was joyous because Kate is enabled to live her life to the fullest and her caretaker, Bec, gets a new look at life. I would recommend this movie because of the great portrayal of Swank. The only thing that was weird was the character of Evan, portrayed by Josh Duhamel, although his character played an important role... he was only visible for the first 20mins of the movie, then his appearances were weird and misplaced. OVERALL: This movie is great for the portrayal of ALS, and Swank played a great role.
This movie brought me to tears.Our mother does not have ALS but very similar symptoms and she can not eat orally and has no skull bone in one part of her head, but to anyone suffering or caring for a loved one with ALS or does not understand the gravity of ALS, this movie is a must see.This movies educates people, to some extent, about ALS and its destructiveness but also the hardships of caring for an individual with a crippling disease and what you can do to help an individual through music or swimming or just trying to do normal things like go out.Brilliant acting on the path of both <more>
Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum.It's been a long time since I saw a movie that has moved me, the way this one did.
Hilary Swank outperforms with an amazing supporting performance by Emmy Rossum. Followed by a great male lead performance for Josh Duhamel. It is a moving and insightful look into the world of an ALS patient. The evolution of their relationship throughout the main character's condition was incredible. This movie delivers an amazing and emotional message that was clearly received. From someone who suffered the loss of a family member to this disease my opinion may be a little biased but this movie gave me a peek into a world unknown to myself. This is truly a staple in the drama genre. I <more>
have not seem a home run of a movie like this in many years.
The movie opens with Kate Hillary Swank , a classically trained pianist. One night while she's playing Chopin's Polonaise, she finds it hard to keep her fingers moving correctly. When she tune is over, she sees her pinky and thumb slightly twitching. 18 months later, it turns out that Kate has ALS. Bec's Emmy Rossum life is a bit of a mess. She's a struggling singer/songwriter, hooks up with random guys for sex, oversleeps, and is not the most reliable of people. She auditions to be Kate's caregiver. Against Kate's husband's - Evan - Josh Duhamel objections, <more>
Bec is given the job, which proves to be...interesting at first. The two women begin to bond into a real friendship, especially after Kate's marriage falls apart.The movie was very well done. The acting was superb, especially Swank, who performed a variety of symptoms associated with ALS, from the twitching of the fingers, to the dragging of the legs, to the slurred, incoherent speech, and the coughing attacks. Rossum plays a character very similar to her Fiona character from Shameless - a stranger to wealth, class and refinement. All the same, she has a heart of gold.I gave this an 8-star rating because I like both Swank and Rossum, and they did a spectacular job in their roles. The supporting cast was good, even though the movie was basically about the journey the two lead actresses go through together. The script was good, as was the directing. My one nitpick about the movie is Bec never would've been given the job of Kate's caregiver to begin with. However, it's not a true story, and aside from that, it was a very good tear jerker of a movie.