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An Awfully Big Adventure (Bilingual) [Import]

Hugh Grant , Alan Rickman , Mike Newell    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Cappy
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw An Awfully Big Adventure on TV at two o'clock in the morning. It made very little sense, and I couldn't understand about a third of what was being said, but the movie still, as another reviewer succinctly put it, "hijacked my consciousness." It was subtle, honest, unforgiving, amazingly well-acted, and a lot of other good things that I can't find the words for right now.
I recently purchased a copy of the video, and realize now that while it loses nothing upon further viewing, An Awfully Big Adventure benefits greatly from a second watching. The dialogue becomes clearer the more you listen to it and the nuances of the characters and the story become more pronounced. Even though my first reaction to the film was favorable, I still think that one cannot judge this movie fairly after only seeing it once (although if you enjoyed it the first time, you probably will again). I have a feeling that nearly all of the reviews here are by first-time watchers, and while you shouldn't entirely discredit their remarks, keep in mind that, like most complex movies, An Awfully Big Adventure only gets better the more you watch it.
I also feel that it cannot be stressed enough that this is not a happy, uplifting movie. "Disturbing" is a word used often to describe it, but the word that comes to my mind is "uncomfortable." There's really nothing at the end of the film to redeem all of the sadness, as is common in most movies. Thus, if you don't like to watch depressing movies, DON'T WATCH AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE. And if you're an Alan Rickman or Hugh Grant fan (both of whom are great) and insist upon seeing it, don't write a review that discourages others from watching it just because it was too dark for your tastes.
*I haven't read the novel of the same title by Beryl Bainbridge, but I've heard that it helps to clarify the confusing points in the movie, besides being a good book. Just a thought...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy or comedy? Fine actors, at least... Nov. 5 2003
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Ok, I wouldn't have wathed it, if it didn't have Alan Rickman. One sees his acting so little, Harry Potter -movies really are a waste of time for people like me, who appreciate the fine adult actors in them - and see them only briefly.
Again Alan Rickman has a difficult part and comes in late in the movie. But what the heck: the movie isn't bad. And Hugh Grant can be really sleezy! I can't tell how much I enjoyed his sexually vague, self-centered director. And Georgina Cates is really wonderful. She is the one that makes this a comedy. Stella (Cates) is so determined to become a real actress, that she hangs on every word the director says and writes down his pseudo-artistic ponderings - which he himself doesn't believe after he's said them. She worships even his nicotine-stained fingers, starts wearing a hidden cross after hearing all in the theatre are catholics - she is a protestant - and fakes a venerial disease, because everyone seems to have sex with everything that moves - except her. So she decides to get rid of her virginity as soon as possible.
Rickman enters in a scene that seems to be designed for someone like him, who can hold your attention without speaking or doing anything, just looking. He walks through the theatre, people come and talk to him, say things to him... He hardly stops or opens his mouth. The director isn't happy to have him back, but everyone agrees, that no one can play Captain Hook like he can, so he is invited to join the cast. Again: Captain Hook: who else? Rickman is the villain we love. And the glimpses of Hook are really delicious. It made me again think, how people send different messages, even professional actors playing the same part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is another in a long line of films I have viewed solely to enjoy Alan Rickman's performance, and what a performance; but more about that later.
Having read all the Amazon reviewers' comments and a multitude of professional critics' articles I was still unable to get a sense of this film. The plot was somewhat clear, some reviewers having given away the ending (shame on them and what a shame), but the true atmosphere of the film still eluded me. Frankly, I couldn't convince myself this was a film I would enjoy. Having now viewed this unusual but very interesting film, I find that nothing prepared me for what it truly was about and what it had to offer as real entertainment.
Lest I reveal more of the plot than I intend, I will instead stick mostly to my point and say that Alan Rickman is an actor of absolutely unbelievable talent. I say this after every film; he selects the widest range of roles of any actor, and he never gives a less than perfect + performance. His Captain Hook and O'Hara are sublime characters. He looks fantastic in both roles, of course. Again we get to see him dance, not the tango this time, but variety is the spice of his work. The love scenes, and I feel comfortable identifying them as 'love', because his character displays a sense of love despite his shallow nature; and also exhibits a desperate need for love that would be difficult to believe in this particular character if it were portrayed by a lesser actor. His comic reactions have perfect timing and his emotional reactions display feelings that overwhelm and pale the efforts of every other character in the film. This is a considerable feat because this film offers an usual, but solid, performance by Hugh Grant; a side of his talent I had not previously seen and which proved very intriguing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
perfect copy, good delivery, a very interesting movie, well acted and quite a complex plot, a very different role for Hugh Grant, Alan Richman fabulous as always!
Published 11 months ago by Laura
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a comedy
This is a confusing and misleading movie. It is not a "comedy" (dark comedy or something else). Read more
Published on March 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars An Awfully Strange Adventure
Great performances by Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. It's an interesting story, very offbeat. I'm not surprised it never hit the big time on the big screen, because in the end, it... Read more
Published on March 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange and Off-Putting....
I generally have an open mind when it comes to quirky films, but this film took the cake...It may have helped somewhat if the dialogue hadn't been so mumbled half the time. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully disturbing...
I love this eccentric film. Alan Rickman is wonderful (his voice sends shivers down my spine), and Hugh Grant is superb. Read more
Published on July 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies I've seen
thought-provoking subject matter;cultural document of postWW2 Britain;
excellent choice of actors(I can't stress this enough);worth seeing if only for Georgina Cates'... Read more
Published on July 5 2002 by ----------------------------
1.0 out of 5 stars What is wrong with you?!
This was disgusting! The storyline [stunk] because, lets face it, there was no story just a girl who looked like a 13 year old having sex with someone like 30 years older than her! Read more
Published on June 17 2002 by Dewdrop
3.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Comedy?
If this story of betrayal, indifference, sexual exploitation and general nastiness is a comedy (as the jacket proclaims), it is a VERY dark one. Read more
Published on June 15 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars An awfully fine actor: Alan Rickman
Oh, my. This film is eye candy for Rickman fans, but the ending might disturb some. I was captivated by this film, rather as one is glued to the tube, watching, with fascination,... Read more
Published on May 17 2002 by Gemma Niermann
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