- Still Life review by JD
This is a completely absorbing insight into a man who is unemotional, undramatic, quiet and enjoys solitude. This is not a mainstream film. Get this if you want a calm journey into the mind of a simple man, not if you want a high octane romp. Eddie Marsan is one of a few actors who could act in such a subdued and subtle way. Very different to some of his previous stuff.
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Slight, contrived, TV-drama-like film but with the ever-excellent Eddie Marsan
- Still Life review by PV
This is a very slight film and rather stagey. It is more like a BBC2 drama, and is not cinematic really.
Eddie Marsan is excellent as usual, though I could never really believe the character or job role either - both seem over-calculated by the writer, as a framework on which to hang a rather unbelievable plot.
Some very wooden acting in this film, esp from some of the Asian actors. Couldn't work out the ages of ex-soldiers too - some look about 80 years apparently served in the army in 1981-2. Odd.
Hated the ending, though the religious may choose to differ.
Some good scenes but a very little curiosity piece all in all. Not nearly as profound or good as it thinks it is. C grade stuff.
Just about 3 stars at a push. Without Eddie Marsan, 1-2 stars.
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Masterful understated performance
- Still Life review by GD
I love this film. It won't be for everyone. Eddie Marsan's acting is an absolute triumph of understated brilliance. Meticulously observed scenes and a wonderful little story. Also made me laugh out loud more times than so-called comedies.
I loved the ending - nothing religious about it (see PV review). I think they call it symbolic realism.
Thoughtful, thought provoking and beautiful.
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