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Absorbing Film, Great Perfomance!!
on 15 January 2009
I am a secondary schoolteacher and for the past couple of years have used this film in the classroom to explore themes and get 14 year olds used to analytical thinking and writing. It is surprising that a film with adult themes can grip and interest this audience but it does.
One of the reasons it does is because of the absolute brilliance of Jack Nicholson's performance. He is totally convincing and utterly believable as the man who has felt he has lived a life of self sacrifice and served others when he has actually neglected them and himself and left himself with nothing at the end of his working life. His epiphany at the end of the film is a magnificent piece of film direction. We know exactly what his tears mean and we are with him 100%. We feel the hope and wonder that he must feel at being on the verge of the amazing discovery that his life can be so completely different than it has ever been before, even though he is nearly at the end of it; proving that:
It is never too late to change,
And it is never impossible to do so.
A wonderful film that has the possibility of truly changing lives.
My heartfelt thanks to the writer, the director, and Jack Nicholson for a truly outstanding performance, probably the best of his career.