Sunday, June 17, 2012

Secondhand Lions (2003) review


Disregarding the many criticisms over the squandered talents and schmaltz they believe this movie to contain, I believe it was a well-told story.

PLOT:When his unreliable, lying mother drops him off for the summer at his crazy uncle Garth (Michael Caine) and uncle Hub's (Robert Duvall) house, young weakling, Walter (Haley Joel Osment), must learn to bear with their crazy ways of shooting off salesmen and even ordering a lion to fight with, but he doesn't know the story behind these two souls. He had heard his uncles had a million bucks stored away on their property, but he didn't believe it until he starts to find out his uncles' wild, amazing past. It's a basic plot executed pretty well.

ACTING:The acting in here was decent, but nothing spectacular. Veteran actors Michael Caine and Robert Duvall do as well as they can, but this is easily said to be one of their worst movies. It's not that their talents are squandered, it's just that they have done so much better in other films. Osment was a little too young for the role in my opinion, for he seemed pretty bland throughout the whole movie. Even when the time came for him to show emotion, he was simply a child. Besides Caine and Duvall (and yes, even in here they shined), the shiners were Emmanuelle Vaugier as Princess Jasmine, Christian Kane as Young Hub, and Josh Lucas as Adult Walter. Kyra Sedgwick got on my nerves as Mae.

SCORE:The score didn't have much of an impact, but it was pretty good.

OTHER CONTENT:This movie isn't really as bad as they say. It tells a strong narrative, contains a warm feeling, and is quite inspiring. The flaws to this movie besides the acting are that it can at times come up as cheesy and overly familiar. It's not that bad, it's just standard.

OVERALL,a good movie with a basic plot, decent acting, pretty good score, a strong narrative, a warm feeling, and lots of inspiration, but it's cheesy and overly familiar.

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