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Plot: A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His conviction leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold to trail her. Runtime: 114 Min Release Date: 02 Sep 2004
this movie was absolutely beautiful in every aspect of the word.the camera-work is extremely well done, and, despite some comments, the plot has no real holes. everything is revealed with perfect timing, and the songs absolutely heighten the emotion of each scene. the characters were eccentric and go to such great lengths for love. i love that. not only do we end up seeing that Alex has motive, we can almost relate to her....although we do not agree with her actions, she becomes more vulnerable and human to the audience.the best thing about this film is the intensity of the love we feel <more>
between matthew and lisa. the anguish they have felt the past two years from being unknowingly torn apart by a vindictive and crushed "friend" of lisa's.and the end of the movie is perfect, when they see each other for the first time in two years, after a desperate four day search.....she turns, there is the feeling of disbelief, realization, then they just melt into each other and take it all in. i loved it.this was the first movie i've seen in the theaters in a long time that i came away with SO much more than i had expected. i've recommended this movie to everyone i know, and everyone who's seen it who i know has felt the same way i do....maybe not with as much passion as i do.....but similar.quality, quality film....ahhh, the day it comes out on video, i'll be the first in line to buy it.
I enjoyed this movie on its face and found myself wanting to watch it again upon its conclusion, which very rarely is true for me. Most movies, including the ones I consider amazing, require the passage of several years before I might entertain the idea of watching them again. This was different, and will perhaps be better understood once you have seen the movie. It's like a puzzle I want to put back together on my own.***SPOILERS*** Part of what I found most wonderful about this movie was that I was able to walk away from it not really considering ANY of the four major characters as <more>
"the heavy." Also, some preconceived ideas I had did not come to pass. For example: MATT: Throughout the film you see him balancing his value system against his desires, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, but I got a sense that this guy wanted terribly to do the right things. Matt's going to see the play with Luke just because it mattered so much TO Luke is but one example LISA: Didn't want to like her, didn't want to understand why Matt's feelings for her were as strong as they were. I had believed it would just be a sexual pull she exerted on Matt & this was not the case--I got it.Luke: Played appropriately in places as almost shallow & buffoonish, I still got a sense that this guy was a truly good person & despite his fumbling hipness, he really wanted to be a great friend and to care about someone at a much deeper level than it appeared at first glance. I liked his forgiveness of Matt for having been out of touch for 2 years.ALEX: Her conflict throughout the movie could have played well to her ultimately being labeled a psycho, but I felt great empathy for her especially toward the end of the movie at having been caught up in an emotional roller-coaster that drove her decisions throughout the movie. In one of the final scenes where she confesses her sins, so to speak, to Lisa, I felt especially rewarded that she was so much more than just a lunatic--and was, indeed, NOT crazy-- and that the character was an Anybody who could have been caught up on the thorns of an overwhelming desire.Also, I enjoyed the friendship between Matt & Luke and how it remained intact and viable throughout the film. I think Matt's losing touch with Luke for 2 years was also symbolic of his having lost touch with himself.And the final scene between Matt & Lisa was satisfying to me--I REALLY wanted them to find each other again, and the emotional elements of this moment in the characters' lives was depicted beautifully.Finally, what a painfully lovely moment with Rebecca, when Matt is telling her what has happened, and what has been true for him since he thought he'd lost Lisa, when she said and I'm DEFINITELY paraphrasing ,"You want me to...know WHAT? That I'm not the girl who can break your heart?"Haven't we all felt THAT before?
Have watched this film numerous times and it just keeps getting better every time. Have never seen L'Apartment but it must be some film if it's anything like this. I must say that you don't get this kind of film made very often and frankly this film has changed my life. The soundtrack suits the action brilliantly and who ever worked on the score deserves some major credit. Before I thought Josh Hartnett was as wooden as affleck and other such actors but he show here how good he can be, but Rose Byrne really made the film and I don't know where she's from or what she did <more>
before but she buts on one of the performances of the decade in this film. In conclusion this film is brilliant and anyone who says otherwise just didn't get it.
It was a lazy Sunday night and the only movies playing were Wicker Park and Super Babies Baby Geniuses 2. Well, I picked the film with a more attractive cast.After about the first thirty minutes of Wicker Park I was laughing because it seemed like this was the most absurd movie I had ever seen. However, as the film progressed the laughter subsided and intrigue ensued. By the last thirty minutes of the film I was hooked. When it was over, I was surprised that a movie that had started out so poorly ended up being one of the better films I have seen in a while.If one sees this film, I recommend <more>
he/she be patient. I found the overall experience, despite the bad beginning, to be quite good.4/5 stars
Exceeded my large expectations. One of the best films of 2004 with my personal Oscar win for Best Actress. It's an extremely compelling and unique mystery thriller with intricate characters and a storyline that could easily become absurd and convoluted but feels natural and McGuigan allows the viewer to be fully aware of what's happening. It never gets too far ahead of the audience but it doesn't drag for a second. The editing is flawless and meshes the present with the not-so-distant past perfectly. Josh Hartnett delivers a surprisingly emotional performance and adds another <more>
strong performance to his recent resume that has really transcended him from the horrific heartthrob clique he was placed in when he first came onto the scene into a serious, talented actor. But the real star of the film is the beautiful Rose Byrne who, as always, delivers a knockout performance that is easily one of the best of the decade. She takes this psychopathic character and somehow makes her immensely sympathetic. I actually found myself rooting for her to be with Matt. Simply with her eyes she portrays this wounded, internally saddened character effortlessly. As I always am when seeing her act, I was completely entranced and amazed. A stunning performance in a brilliant film.
Watch Wicker Park twice....you'll see a whole other element. (by nicoleseaa)
I found the clever editing and imaginative photography within this film very enticing. When I first watched Wicker Park, I was taken by the twists and turn of the plot and the characters' journey throughout the film.However , on second viewing I started to appreciate the cleverness of the way the reflections,lighting,and editing really tell their own stories within the plot of the film. There are cinematic clues all throughout this film which really aren't apparent on the first viewing , primarily because they become obvious only after you know the plot.Also the special features with <more>
the audio commentary available on DVD are really worth looking at. The director has some unique viewpoints about the Wicker Park story that I found interesting.Absolutely loved Josh Hartnett in this film. He portrayed the whole aspect of maturing into a man versus a boy intelligently and I was genuinely moved by the longing and nostalgia he managed to convey.I think this movie has been seriously underrated in general and deserves to be appreciated as a really quite artistic, clever piece of cinema.Was very disappointed that here in Australia "Wicker Park" was released as DVD only. Would have loved to view this on the big screen..the lighting is second to none.
I hadn't heard of this film before seeing it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was suspenseful, even "gripping", with a touching and romantic plot. Overall, a movie definitely worth renting.The film begins a bit slowly but picks up very nicely about 30 minutes into it. There are a few twists and turns that will keep your attention. The acting was quite good, albeit with little-known actors except for Josh Hartnett of Blackhawk Down. The best part of this film was the clever way the story all comes together towards the end, including the flashback style which was very well done.
good movie, overall - totally unexpected (by aishahansari)
well went to see this movie at it's screen test, where at the end, we had to answer some survey questions about the movie. before going in to see the movie, i thought it would be just another romantic movie but i was soo wrong...the pace of the movie was just right...with flashbacks and character intro and perspectives on certain situation during the movie was quite interesting to see, plus how the story unravel very much satisfied me as it was totally unexpected...just amazing, plus the camera works/effects just so cool to watch...i must say this is not your usual love story and it sure <more>
will appeal to all movie-lovers and it's just amazing!
I didn't have any expectations about this movie before it started. In the beginning it seemed like an ordinary movie to me, a little boring even. Just another love story. But then I got confused because of the scenes following each other like they were put in a random order. After about an hour and a half I regained my grip on the story. That was the moment I started liking the movie, because I assumed I understood and wanted it to end happily.This movie reminded me of Hitchcock's "Vertigo", because of the confusing sequence of scenes. Also "He Loves Me... He Loves Me <more>
Not" popped into my head, when after the first hour and a half things were clarified by, paradoxically, putting scenes even more out of chronological order. The last movie I had to think of was "Vanilla Sky", with its similar confusion about two different girls.In my opinion, the confusion and clarifying of the narrative makes this a surreal but satisfying movie. 8 out of 10.