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The Sea Of Trees
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11.08.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Gus Van Sant

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey
Naomi Watts
Ken Watanabe

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Following the death of his wife (Naomi Watts), Arthur (Matthew McConaughey) travels to Japan's infamous "Suicide Forest" to take his own life. A chance meeting with a stranger (Ken Watanabe) in the forest, causes Arthur to rethink his plan and reflect on his past.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Snoozefest. That is the best word I can think of for Gus Van Sant's latest film SEA OF TREES. At 50 minutes in, I couldn't believe I had an hour left. It was a wonder I made it all the way through. First and foremost, the story treads very familiar cinematic ground: man can't cope with the loss of his wife and begins spiraling out of control. So, you would think the "Suicide Forest" aspect of the film would be the setting that brings something new to the equation. Nope. The film could have been set in Olympic Forest and achieved the same results. Admittedly, many of the scenes in the forest are beautifully shot. However, a few beautiful shots does not a good movie make.

The forest's supernatural undertones should have been the central element of the film, but were instead overshadowed by the more interesting flashback side of the story set back in the United States. It was this part of the story that built the relationship between Joan (Watts) and Arthur (McConaughey) and was the only thing keeping me slightly engaged. Of course, there are still issues with character development; especially Joan, who is given little else to do than be a one-dimensional scorned woman, then a one-dimensional sick woman. And this is no criticism to Watts who does the most she can with a poorly written character. But hey, in a movie like this I had to cling to something, and the more interesting relationship drama won out.

After seeing the film, it's no surprise THE SEA OF TREES received a sea of boos at last year's Cannes Film Festival. I never thought I would say this, but at many times in the film, I found myself longing for this year's horror film THE FOREST. At least that film was more watchable, due to the doubling down on supernatural, horror themes of the "Suicide Forest" and Natalie Dormer's more meaty role. Here's to hoping one day a movie set in Japan's infamous forest will be worthy of its setting.
THE EXTRAS
THE SEA OF TREES: A Story of Beauty and Tragedy: Your typical EPK release, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from cast and crew. There are a few interview clips from Cannes... probably before all the booing.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Based on its poor critical and audience reception, it's obvious the studio put as little effort as possible into this Blu-Ray release. The movie is boring and forgettable, with only one EPK-esque special feature. Suggest steering clear of this one.
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