#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of ‘Swede’ in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself. He had just everything an American idol can dream of: not only was the tall muscular young man a high school star athlete but he married a beauty queen named Dawn in the bargain. And as if all this were not enough, Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him? And yet…this was reckoning without fate and its obnoxious irony, Swede and Dawn’s nemesis manifesting itself in the person of Merry, their beloved daughter who in her teens unexpectedly turned into a violent activist.
Plot: Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.
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the end of idealism
Greetings again from the darkness. Tackling one of the great American novels is a difficult challenge for even the most seasoned film directors and a dubious undertaking (at best) for a first-timer. Philip Roth won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel “American Pastoral”, and there have been rumblings of a Hollywood production for more than a decade. It’s somewhat surprising that the screen version is directed by first time director Ewan McGregor with the Scottish actor also taking on the lead role of local Jersey boy and sports hero Seymour “Swede” Levov.
The story examines the cracks behind the façade of a seemingly perfect family the sports hero marrying the beauty queen. Of course, there is always more going on within a family than most care to admit (at least that was the case in the days prior to Facebook). There’s an early scene where Swede has introduced Dawn (Jennifer Connelly) to his father (Peter Riegert), and the philosophical and religious differences perfectly capture the changing times and mores from one generation to the next. Never has this been more true than the late 1960’s and early 1970’s political and social upheaval were daily occurrences – and sometimes quite violent.
The first half of the movie is exceptionally well done and captures the essence of why the second half feels like a total decimation of everything Swede thought he had. He and Dawn’s daughter Merry is beautiful and feisty and stutters something that only enhances the anger she expresses and anguish she causes for her parents. Her innocent questions as a young child evolve into radical political beliefs and affiliations as she grows up.
Merry (ironically named) is by far the most interesting character in the story, but with the focus on Swede, Dakota Fanning only has brief moments that are worthy of her talent, and Dawn has only a few emotional moments that allow Ms. Connelly to flash the acting depth she hasn’t shown in years. So much time and attention is devoted to Swede that the second half is a bit of a letdown and leaves too many details and questions unanswered.
John Romano’s (The Lincoln Lawyer) adaptation of the American classic took a different direction than we might have preferred, but it’s a thankless job since so many have considered this as unfilmable. McGregor shows a good eye as a director, though it’s obvious this material needed a more experienced filmmaker at the helm. The great Alexandre Desplat provides a classy score the piano pieces are especially well suited. Supporting work is solid from David Strathairn as narrator Nathan Zuckerman, Rupert Evans as Swede’s brother, Molly Parker as Merry’s therapist, Uzo Aduba as Swede’s employee, and Valorie Curry as a misguided revolutionary. It’s a reminder that family dynamics may be the most complex organism, and when blended with the volatile times of the Vietnam War, a generational gap should be expected even if it’s difficult and emotional to accept.
The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get.
“Why does everyone say she did it when she couldn’t have done it? She’s been tricked and abducted.” Seymour (McGregor) was an All-American sports star that was the most popular kid in college. He married a beauty queen and has the perfect life. They are ecstatic when their daughter Merry (Fanning) is born. Little by little Merry becomes more and more radical and passionate about the polarizing politics of the 60’s. After the local post office is blown up and someone winds up dead Merry is the lone suspect. Now, Seymour puts his life on hold to find Merry and discover the truth. This is a very very good move, but it is not for everyone. The pacing is just in that awkward spot where if you are interested in the movie you will stick with it and enjoy the events. If you are on the fence the pacing will be just slow enough that many may bail on this. As for the movie itself, its very artsy and deep and important. This is a great character study and features the best acting of McGregor’s career. The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get. Overall, a very deep and thought provoking movie that will either be liked or shut off before its finished, depending on the person. I give this a high B.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min), 1 hr 42 min (102 min) (Germany)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Ewan McGregor
Writer Philip Roth (based on the novel by), John Romano (screenplay by)
Actors Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert
Country Hong Kong, USA
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
Production Company Lakeshore Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Sound Mix Dolby Surround 7.1, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT, Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex ARRIRAW
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Master Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema