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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I was disappointed by this film, not because it was bad, but because it was nowhere near as good as it could have been. This was far too much a straight story of a man with schizophrenia, when it could have been a much greater and deeper exploration of the nature of reality. Essentially, I was disappointed because I was expecting something of the calibre of Closer, and got something more like Wimbledon. And I didn’t think Russell Crowe played his part particularly well, though Jennifer Connelly was amazing.

The schizophrenia was played very well, and from my medical knowledge of the condition, it seemed fairly accurate for a particularly severe case (generally, people just ‘hear voices’ – they tend not to see hallucinations. Though, as a point of interest, people deaf from birth tend to see patches of colour instead of hearing voices), and in the sense that it is accurately portraying a taboo medical condition, then it’s an excellent film.

Overall, it’s a worthwhile, thought-provoking, and enjoyable movie, but it could have been so much better. You really wouldn’t want to see this more than once, and it’s not really worth all the fuss that’s been made about it.

This 310th post was filed under: Reviews.

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