A Man Called Ove (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

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17 January 2017 | ArminCallo-PalmSprings
7
| Lovely Conventional Movie
This was a lovely, conventional film. No, really it's a movie rather than a film. And while Swedish, it reads very conventional Hollywood. Movie comfort food, if you will. Very nice, and a total feel-good movie for all ages. It leaves one feeling all warm and fuzzy. And besides that, well, that's about it. What stays with me? A sad sense of longing for community, so very rare today, especially in the USA.

Scoring the different elements of the film objectively, 1 to 4:

Script/Story: 3.5 - nice, well constructed. Loved the fact that flashbacks ride on scenes of suicide attempts. This was a nice, ironic feature of the narrative.

Cinematography/Visual Effects: 3 - conventional, competently shot. Not much more to say.

Editing: 3 - See above (heavy sigh -- conventional, competently edited. Not much more to say.)

Sound Effects: 2 - forgettable, nothing significant here.

Musical Score: 2.5, at times stereotypical, ie Spanish-y music for scenes set in Spain, etc. Competent, but not significant, which is very appropriate for the narrative structure.

Performances: 3.5, strong performances.

Production Design: Sets, Locations, Costumes, etc.: 3.5, production design great, iconic for the area and period feel of the storyline. But an Oscar consideration in hair & make-up, really??? What am I missing here?

Would I recommend this movie to a friend? Of course, total movie comfort food! Sweden's Terms of Endearment or Forrest Gump or . . .

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