Evening Star [Import]
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Picking up the story thread left by 1983's Terms of Endearment, this overwrought sequel is made palatable by Shirley MacLaine's charismatic performance, which in turn is nearly equaled by Marion Ross's role as her housekeeper. An unexpected surprise, Ross obviously was never allowed to display her range as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days. Returning as the vibrant Aurora Greenway, MacLaine far outshines the thin material involving the tangled and unhappy lives of her three grandchildren. The plot picks up 13 years after the death of Greenway's daughter (played by Debra Winger in the original). One of the kids is in jail; one is living in poverty. Her granddaughter, played with prickly rebelliousness by Juliette Lewis, is heading for all sorts of trouble. The plot, told in disconnected and maudlin episodic segments, often borders on the absurd. The characters screech and weep, one of them dies, then we watch others screech and weep some more. So why bother? Because it is occasionally quite witty, and MacLaine indeed shines as brightly as the evening star to which she is compared. Both movies were based on novels by Larry McMurtry. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Aurora Greenway (Shirley Maclaine working hard to recapture her vibrant performance) is now struggling with the children of her deceased daughter. One is stuck in poverty, one in prison and the youngest is a rebellious young adult. Although they are most of the story, there is nothing unique or even believable about their plights. One of the weakest and least enrolling characters from TERMS OF ENDEARMENT was Debra Winger's best friend who is now an important character, even though she is still not enrolling or interesting. Like Terms of Endearment, this story revolves around a death, this time of Aurora's maid portrayed by Marion Ross. Even with her strong performance, the loss never deserves much notice. A tear will not be shed. The last portion of the film involves a questionable sexual relationship with a young therapist, played awkwardly by Bill Paxton.
In the last portion of the film, the screen sees brief sunlight when Jack Nicholson comfortably revives his character from the prequel. His superstar quality is effervescent but he quickly retreats from the film.
The DVD includes a nice widescreen transfer and the pleasant musical score nicely supports the pacing. The DVD also includes a running commentary by the director but the film doesn't seem to warrant it. Like its superior predecessor, this was based on a Larry McMurtry's novel.
"The Evening Star" is about a grandmother, who has raised her grandchildren because their mother passes away due to cancer (see "Terms of Endearment" before seeing "The Evening Star" since "The Evening Star" is a sequel and makes more sense if you see "Terms of Endearment" first).
Back to the film, Shirley MacLaine realizes that no matter how hard she tries to help her grandchildren make the right decisions, realizes that they will not listen. Of course, she's upset because her grandchildren; despite, a good and privileged upbringing refuse to listen to sound advice, do their own thing and realize that their grandmother might be right about life, after all!
It's a heart-warming story and you'll cry at the end!
*(I highly recommend it to anyone that is older--unsuitable for younger children due to the death factor and other adult themes.)*
A BIG REQUEST ......... my video cut out at the moment when Shirley is being driven in the back of "Bill Paxton's" (Jack Nicholson) car casting Rosie's ashes to the wind along the beach.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE ENDING????????
Waiting for a reply in anticipation
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What on EARTH possessed Shirley Maclaine to go along with this? Was she just desparate for work that she didn't mind completely dishonoring Term of Endearment???? Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Alicia Walker