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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2012
This is a gentle, delightful film with several wonderful acting performances. Although the way the plot unfolds is predictable, the characters and their relationships as played by the cast makes for a very enjoyable watch. I especially enjoyed the relationship that develops between Monty Wildhorn (Freeman) and the middle daughter Finnegan (brilliantly played by Emma Fuhrmann). Virginia Madsen is also excellent as the girls' mother. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2013
By the time your kids hit a certain age you've consumed a large chunk of cartoons, so it's great to find a film that grips you and the children with great characters, real acting and a great message to it.

And it's all the better that this film has such an awesome lead in Morgan Freeman. Freemen plays a character who you find it hard at first to like, but the relationship with his nephew is very funny and quickly you find yourself liking the character and wanting him to find his way.

The children in this are not over the top Disney perfections, but true to life with a real edge that makes them believable and enjoyable. You get absorbed in their lives, as they interact with Morgan Freeman in a way that's touching, funny and amusing.

If you want a film you can snuggle up with your kids and laugh at, pretend there's something aggravating your eye at and get you thinking, then this is perfect for the whole family. Its 2 hours you won't have wasted. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If Monte Wildhorn was to honestly describe himself It would be " a semi-alcoholic , widowed, lonely ,wheel-chair-bound, uninspired writer resigned to never writing again ". But someone thinks all he needs is a change of scenery to regain that pulse of writing hit western novels . With destiny`s hand he is now neighbour to a single mother and her 3 daughters . The first ; small and sweet , the second :sweet and nosey .the third in her teens and a touch selfish .
in that scene the "MAGIC " ( of Belle Isle ) is not instant but progressive throughout the story . The middle girl kinda likes the idea that she could write too and will pay Morgan Taylor pocket money to teach her . As the lessons continue and she is now being "mentored " The rest of the neighbouring family ...PS .Including the mother ( take note ) begin to open up to him , Its not a predictable story at first . Who " who" is the glint in his eye ? His charming little student or her mother . But it is a heart-warming story and he doesnt know how to handle this kind of magic . If it was just a book he was writing that would be easier to cope with . But these mutually delicious relationships are real . How will he live out the last chapter in this story ? A wonderful story .
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on 22 April 2015
We were a little surprised to see that the cover of this DVD is in German; however, English is listed as a language at the back, and thankfully it was easy to set the film to be in its original language.

Freeman stars as the cranky Monty, a widowed writer who spends his life in a wheelchair and drinks too much. He is entirely believable in this role, and the story is about a gradual change in his life, due mainly to the family living next door, in particular nine-year-old Finnegan.

Belle Isle works its magic, both on the people in the story and on its audience - I thought it was a delightful story. There was some humour, even some laugh-aloud moments when Monty converses with a not very intelligent dog. There are some poignant moments, too. I found myself totally caught up in the story, the only slight jar coming from the rather slow and ‘odd’ Carl who is probably meant to be amusing, but made me feel rather sad, at least until Monty starts treating him with respect.

Not a film for those who like a lot of plot or fast action; this is slow-moving and character-based. However, we enjoyed it very much.

Note that this has been re-released by the less memorable title of ‘Once More’.

Rated PG. There’s some minor bad language, and a great deal of drinking, but then it’s not the kind of film to appeal to anyone younger than about twelve anyway.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a gentle little tale of how the magic of childhood can sometimes repair even a damaged soul.
Morgan Freeman plays a drunk washed up writer of Western fiction who has never recovered from the death of his wife and doesn't write any more. His nephew arranges for him to housesit at Belle Isle where he finds himself next door to a divorced mum of three daughters with her own problems.
Exploding into his life comes 9 year old Finnegan who wants to learn to write. She is really the star of this film and played beautifully by Emma Fuhrmann. In one scene Freeman says to her 'If I had had a daughter I wish it would have been you' and I think a lot of daughterless dads will sympathise with that line as she plays the role so charmingly.
Virginia Madsen plays the mum and through the children her and Freeman move to an inevitable relationship.
There is nothing new in this film and definitely nothing offensive, just a gentle little tale about life unspoilt by special effects and CGI.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
Dear amazon the magic of bell isle is not what I ordered if you check you will see I ordered it uk format , I have sent the DVD back and requested that they send a replacement that will play on an English format player ,with that I am disappointed as I have always received correct goods Yours in anticipation John Irving Kinniburgh
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wondered if this might be a bit slow, but it wasn't it was just great. A really good story about interesting people and in a lovely setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
Magic of Belle Isle Great feel good film and Morgan Freeman plays as great part anyone who likes him will cetainly enjoy this film
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on 30 October 2014
First saw this film on a plane, I enjoyed it then so was pleased to be able to purchase it from Amazon, A lovely heartwarming story, but then I just love Morgan Freeman films.
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on 25 December 2014
I was not happy because it was a xmas present and it is unwatchable because it is in not in english and there is no way of changing the language
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