Free Newsletter:

RSS
Grooves of Houston - Houston's Premier Upscale Nightspot

Film Review: 'The Sense of an Ending' Not Interesting Until End

by Todd A. Smith

 

Jim Broadbent stars as Tony in “The Sense of an Ending” (Photo Credit: Robert Viglasky).

 

Much Ado About Nothing 

 

 


Some ideas seem more interesting in one’s mind than it actually is when the idea comes to fruition.


Trailers can seem interesting.


Likewise, descriptions and a synopsis can seem very interesting if they are written correctly.


However, trailers and summaries do not always translate well on screen, and sometimes the actual films can be a complete dud.


Unfortunately for “The Sense of an Ending,” it falls into the category of mediocre duds.


In “The Sense of an Ending,” Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) is in the golden years of his life.


Although he is a divorcee, he is still blessed with a granddaughter on the way and a somewhat successful vintage camera shop.


He is excited about the new phase in his life with his future grandson, but is thrown for a little bit of a loop when the mother of his college girlfriend, Sarah (Emily Mortimer) gives him a diary in her will.


The diary is from Adrian, but Sarah’s daughter Veronica (Charlotte Rampling) refuses to hand over the diary to Tony.


Tony desperately wants the diary because Adrian Finn (Joe Alwyn) is one of his best friends from the university who committed suicide decades earlier.


Furthermore, Tony wants that diary because it is legally his.


The question is why would his ex-girlfriend’s mother have the diary of one of his best friends?


Flashbacks, via a conversation with Tony’s ex-wife Margaret (Harriet Walker), answer the odd question about the diary and the story finally makes sense at the end of “The Sense of an Ending.”


Unfortunately, the first hour of the movie is not interesting enough for moviegoers to care about the significance of the diary when it is revealed.


Even more upsetting is the fact “The Sense of an Ending” could have been more dramatic and interesting if more screen time would have been given to the suicide, adultery and the lovechild that the story ultimately revolves around.


The movie “The Sense of an Ending” struggles because of the subpar script, not the performances by the actors.


It is a story about how life can come full circle and how one has to eventually answer for all of their mistakes.


“The Sense of an Ending” is also a story about how what goes around, comes around and how one cannot attempt to hurt others, but they instead hurt themselves.


The message is good.


The actors are good.


Unfortunately, the script is not very good.



REGAL RATINGS

FOUR CROWNS=EXCELLENT

THREE CROWNS=GOOD

TWO CROWNS=AVERAGE

ONE CROWN=POOR

 


This article was published on Friday 17 March, 2017.
Current Comments: 0
Write Review



Back to main topic: Drama
Magazine Topics:
New Articles
All Topics
 About Us ->
 Archives ->
 Business ->
 Community ->
 Entertainment ->
   Celebrity News
   Film ->
     Academy Awards
     Action
     Action Comedy
     Action Films
     Adventure
     Animation
     Biopics
     Blaxploitation
     Book Adaptations
     Buddy Comedies
     Comedy
     Comedy/Romantic Comedy
     Comic Book Movies
     Coming of Age Films
     Crime Movies
     Dark Comedy
     DC Comic Films
     Documentaries
     Drama
     Dramedy
     DVD Reviews
     Gangster Flicks
     Heist Films
     Historical Dramas
     Holiday Films
     Horror
     Horror/Suspense
     Inspirational Films
     Martial Arts Films
     Marvel Films
     Musicals
     Mystery
     Noir
     Period Pieces
     Prequels
     Psychological Thrillers
     Religious Films
     Romance
     RomCom
     Satire
     Sci-Fi
     Science Fiction
     Sequels
     Shorts
     Spoofs
     Sports Films
     Spy Films
     Superhero Movies
     Suspense
     Thrillers
     True Stories
     War Films
     Westerns
   Live Productions
   Music ->
   Pop Culture
   Regal Roundtable
   Stand Up Comedy
   Television ->
 Lifestyle ->
 Opinion ->
 Regal Queens
 Sports ->
Articles RSS Feed