Dying Young  [DVD]
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Victor Geddes (Campbell Scott) is an arrogant and wealthy young man who has been fighting against leukemia for 10 years. He hires Hilary O'Neil (Julia Roberts) to care for him during chemotherapy. Despite the class differences and Geddes' antagonistic personality, the couple fall in love, but each day is filled with the dread that the disease will finally take the young man's life.
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He's intelligent, educated, yet a victim of everything thats unhealthy. She is a little neglected and unloved, her mothers obsession with buying QVC dolls bores her.When another relationship goes pearshaped, ratherthan going home to her mother, she looks for a live in job that pays well, and in doing so finds herself caring for the cancer stricken Victor (Scott).
It's typical romcom fare, it starts as a working relationship, but transforms into something else. It's not high intelligence, its just a nice fluffy way to spend 90 minutes. The characters are all in their own way uniquely likable.
The aforementioned Pretty Woman outshone the sunshine of Dying Young, and understandibly so, its a far superior film, yet Dying Young just chips the mark of charm and "feel good factor" in terms of change, adaptability and what we all want out of life, love.
The first issue I have is the casting of Julia Roberts as a lead, and her characterisation. I have first to admit that I would very probably have passed the film by without her name on the titles. However surely she could have been given something better then being just a scatty, simply minded body on a shapely pair of legs. The film seems to start out almost as a RomCom, then becomes a melodrama, then loses it identity entirely.
One American filnm critic worte, "Worst of all "Dying Young" is a love story about two people who don't seem to be in love with each other". I partly agree agree with him, in that there is some romantic chemistry missing between the characters. However, because she is drawn to him out of sympathy, and because he is drawn to her out of desperation, does not mean that there is no love between them. I would also challenge the point of view that romance is meant to be the main theme. They are much more friends than lovers, and I have no problem with that.
My second gripe is that the dialogue is very weak. None of it is memorable.
Perhaps the most difficult problem to get over is squeezing such a long story into short a short time frame. The young man jumps from remission, to ill health, to back into remission again with no inbetween. That misses out a big part of the journey and allows little scope for character development.
I thought that the performances of Scott and Roberts were good, within the limitations of the script.Read more ›
very emotional and touching, i really loved it.
Julia Roberts's let's herself down with this character who has little individuality, although does act well throughout, a similar statement can be said for her co-star.
A cute film, but lacking depth.
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My favourite film and have been looking for it for a while, so I am glad to own it nowPublished 5 days ago by Dorothy Bell Customer
Such a lovely heart warming film. Found myself smiling as the film went on. Think Julie Roberts is amazing and the main male character is brilliant (as well as good looking!).Published 4 months ago by Nicola23
I've got a soft spot for weepies...great to see a young Vincent D'Onofrio coming on strong.Published 4 months ago by Dan Smith
Very good movie. It has not got any usual Hollywood excitement nor nothing that will give you adrenaline kick, but simple story and wonderful soundtrack is worth your time watching... Read morePublished 9 months ago by G boy
a very deceptive film excellent acting certainly makes you think and appreciate lifePublished 11 months ago by joan rogers
Not as yet watched this film.
My fair lady I ordered DVD but received CD. Have reordered film but not as yet received.