Review Date: August 22, 2002
Director: Jay Russell
Writer: Jeffrey Lieber, James Hart
Producers: Marc Abraham, Jane Startz
On the other hand, the set-up with the chick's one-dimensional family was a little shoulder-shruggable, but once things got going and into the Tuck household, I was pretty engaged the rest of the way. I also started thinking about how it could all have worked as an animated movie as well-in fact, I think it might've worked even better, since it really does have that magical quality about it, that mystery and that much-needed enigmatic "bad guy" sniffing about. Speaking of which, I really enjoyed Kingsley's performance as the "man in the shadows" as well, a character that provided the film with its required "dark side" (there are only so many scenes of the doting kids running through open plains and jumping into picturesque waterfalls that one man can take). The idea of "living forever" and its positive and negative consequences were also explored (although not as deeply as you might expect from a film made for more "mature" audiences), and I also liked how the big brother, who seemed to have a stick up his ass the whole time, broke down during one scene and explained why he was the way that he was (great performance as well and after hearing his sad tale...I can't say that I blame the guy for carrying around that sour puss). Now even though Sissy Spacek and William Hurt are being brandied about as the "stars" of this picture (Oscar-winning stars, no less), the truth is that they really don't make that great of an impact in the movie. The love story, the mystery man and the whole play on immortality are its core elements and with its quick pace and short runtime (90 minutes), this adaptation entertained me for the most part, even if it didn't necessarily stuff me whole. It is definitely more for families than anyone wanting to feel their girlfriend up on the weekend though. The Disney machine does the job this time around. PS: Love that suit, Ben...where can I get me one?