Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery


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Widowed Liz Garfield (Hope Davis) and her son Bobby (Anton Yelchin) change when mysterious stranger Ted Brautigan (Sir Anthony Hopkins) enters their lives.


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21 January 2003 | Niceguy
A nice study of character...
Stephen King seems to work well with movies. HEARTS IN ATLANTIS represents the latest adaptation from one of King's novels. Actually borrowing from two stories, it introduces us to a young boy named Bobby Garfield who seems to be living a semi-normal, although simple life. His day consists of playing with his two best friends, Sully and Carol. His relationship with Carol is on the fence of being romantic. Bobby's widowed mother is too focused on her career to notice what's going on with her son. A strange man named Ted Brautigan (Hopkins) comes to their small town looking for a place to stay, and finds a vacant room within Bobby's house. Brautigan almost immediately intrigues Bobby, offering the young boy a job simply reading the newspaper out loud. As these two bond, Bobby notices his new friend has some strange traits. Ted fears that mysterious men are looking for him. It's not long before Bobby realizes that his new friend has some unique capabilities, and begins to understand why others would be looking for him. In the meantime, Bobby deals with his own desire for a dream bike, his need to protect Carol from neighborhood bullies, and his confusion about his mother's lack of finances despite her fancy dress collection. No one is perfect in this story, just like in real life. Even the oddly endearing Brautigan seems reluctant to expose his true roots.

HEARTS IN ATLANTIS is a simple tale that offers nothing new to audiences. It doesn't have the magic exhibited in THE GREEN MILE, or the emotional importance of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, and although it's similar in feel to STAND BY ME, it doesn't seem to match the quaint aspects of that tale either. Where it succeeds is in it's ability to present the familiar aspects of the youth we've all experienced. Childhood memories are what make us who we are. This film helps us to remember those special times. While not all of us met a Ted Brautigan in our lives, we can all relate to the troubles Bobby faces, or even the victimization Carol endures by bullies. There are several familiar elements here, and that's why it works. Hopkins is appealing, as one would expect, but the film as a whole plays out in a very tame fashion. Scott Hicks (SHINE) has directed HEARTS with simplistic and appropriate fashion. He never assumes too much from the audience, which is an admirable quality for a director. What you walk away with is a understanding that youth can define you future, and memories can have a profound effect toward your outlook on life. Never judge a book by it's cover.

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Trivia

The story on which this movie was based originally contained references to Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series, which is set in multiple parallel universes, some resembling our own, but others having high fantasy and/or steampunk settings. The character of Ted Brautigan appeared in King's seventh and final Dark Tower novel, "The Dark Tower". In that novel, the full extent of Ted's psychic power is shown. At one point, he leads several other characters into a closet, from which he transports them to a far-off land. One character explicitly compares this to the wardrobe from "The Chronicles of Narnia", by C.S. Lewis. Sir Anthony Hopkins played Lewis in Shadowlands (1993). C.S. Lewis also wrote an unfinished novel titled "The Dark Tower".


Quotes

Bobby Garfield (Adult): Whenever it wants, the past can come kicking the door down. And you never know where it's going to take you. All you can do is hope it's a place you want to go.
Bobby Garfield (Adult): Hi, you have reached the Garfield family. Jill and the boys are away skiing, you can ...


Goofs

Set in 1960, but when Bobby is reading the sports pages, he reads that Maury Wills is breaking Ty Cobb's stolen base record, which happened in 1962.


Crazy Credits

WV Films LLC and WXFilm Partners L.P. is the author of this motion picture for the purposes of copyright and other laws


Soundtracks

Come Fly With Me
(1958)
Music by
Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by James Darren
Courtesy of Concord Records Inc.

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Drama | Mystery

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