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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy), the heartwarming A Long Way Down follows four strangers who meet by chance on New Year’s Eve when they are each facing the same life changing decision. When Martin (Pierce Brosnan; Mama Mia!), Maureen (Toni Collette; The Way Way Back), J.J. (Aaron Paul; TV’s Breaking Bad) and Jess (Imogen Poots; Filth) find themselves at a desperate crossroads, they form an unlikely friendship in order to help one another weather the difficulties of life.
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The story here, I'm sure you know it. Four people go to a roof, not together by themselves, to end their lives. After all bumping into each other their one thing leads to another, which then leads to a pact, to not kill themselves until Valentines Day.
It's funny, there are some touching moments and it never dragged. There are four sections to the film, with each character being focused on, something I liked. Imogen Poots was fantastic and really should be getting more praise. Pierce Brosnan is great as always, as is Aaron Paul (Jesse, Yo!) and Toni Collette.
If you want to watch a fun, touching and uplifting British film, see this film.
*Rated 15 for strong language, suicide theme and mild sensuality and violence**
Have you ever watched a film where you’ve popped out once, twice or even more to get a cup of tea or answered the phone? Then, when you return, you find you can totally pick up the story without any help whatsoever. Well, this is one of those films.
It starts with four people who all try to kill themselves on New Year’s Eve. They each have different problems they’re trying to escape and wind up about to jump from the same building at the same time. It’s fair to say that they don’t, as the film would be a lot shorter if they all succeeded. As they decide not to go through with it, they sort of form a surrogate family and help each other rebuilt their lives.
Granted suicide isn’t your typical basis for a light-hearted comedy, but don’t let that put you off. The ‘suicide element’ is secondary to what has happened to the characters to drive them to this situation and what transpires from there on out.
It’s amusing, but probably won’t make you laugh out loud much. The characters are as good as they’re going to be, but the film is split into four parts – each devoting a quarter of the overall runtime to one person, therefore you never truly get to know just one of them enough to really understand them.
There are films you want to watch over and over again and this probably isn’t one of them. If you’re bored, on a plane or generally stumble across it on TV late at night, it may film an hour and a half. Not one you’d really bother coming back to though.
Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) was a popular morning show host with a family. He fell from grace because "she looked like she was 25."
Maureen (Toni Collette) is a rather mousey person who has never lived life. She cares for an invalid son who she deeply loves.
Jess (Imogen Poots) is the daughter of a rich politician. Her sister Jennifer, who read on a book on invisibility, ironically went missing two years ago. She is currently mad at her boyfriend who dumped her.
JJ (Aaron Paul) Is an American who was part of an amateur band. He claims he has CCR brain cancer.
The press has found out about the suicide attempts as they gain their 15 minutes of fame. They in turn form a bond and become their own support group.
This is another Magnolia "feel good" about yourself film. If you have seen one before, you know the feeling. Typically, the film has light quirky comedy, a few messages about life you can take with you, and decent acting and directing. Rosamund Pike has a role smaller than her billing.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief rear nudity (Poots)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not to our taste at all, watched it for first 30 minutes and then stopped. Given to local charity, to be sold in 50p bucket.Published 8 months ago by christine knight
Boring not particularly realistic, or funny or even likable - don't waste your moneyPublished 8 months ago by Butterfly
Funnier and sadder than expected, and for all that I rather liked the pleasing but non-fairytale ending. Fast delivery and well packaged.Published 9 months ago by nettiem
A warm hearted film & you feel for the characters! Very good acting by the cast! Touching & has some humor moments! I enjoyed it very much! Might not be to everyone's taste.Published 10 months ago by Martin