HIA Movie Review

Discussion in 'Hearts in Atlantis' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    The book Hearts In Atlantis contains 4 longish, and vaguely related Stephen King stories. This film is adapted from one of those stories "Low Men In Yellow Coats" (curiously, not Hearts In Atlantis" itself), though it drops one of the key elements of the novelette, namely the tie-in with King's Dark Tower epic, and it has to do this in view of the fact that the movie audience will be unfamiliar with the wider framework of The Dark Tower.

    Never mind. This adaptation stands on its own very well. It is a tale told retrospectively of one summer in the young life of Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin, in an early role). This summer had many things to mark it out, but one of these things was the presence of Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins). Brautigan is the main Dark Tower tie-in in the book, so the film has to "mcguffinise" him in a different way. It doesn't matter: it works perfectly well in the context of a stand-alone film.

    Things happen, mostly low-key and fairly lyrical but, in King's typical way, they tie together and make a greater whole. Yelchin (and Mika Boorem, his young co-star) are both excellent, and Hopkins turns in one of those performances which one might call luminous rather than (as is sometimes the case with him) lurid.

    Yes, it's a Stephen King genre story, but it is well told and engaging. A small and undiscovered gem.
  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I did like it, but was itching for more in the film.
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  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Sorry - I have never seen the film @Neil W but the book was so good - one of my favourites. I must read it again.
  4. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I've changed the title on this and will be doing so on the other General Assessment thread titles as it was confusing (to me, at least) to see all those as they appeared to be duplicates.
  5. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Thanks @Moderator
    There are also three others that start with "Review" - maybe you could fix those, too?
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  6. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Could you leave links to them here Neesy? Then they'll be easier to find.
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  7. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Um :a11: - I don't know how to do that (believe it or not!)
  8. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    another i haven't seen since...i remember both liking and hating it...

    hating that they disencumbered all the cool, wierd, Dt-ish stuff...

    y'know...they could've kept it all in, creating a mystery...and i think it could've worked just fine...in a peter straub-esque kinda way...

    need to rewatch it...thanks
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  9. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Just watched it.

    I'm pretty sure I watched it when it was relatively new, but probably not since. Odd that I didn't remember David Morse was in it. I love watching anything he's in.

    I don't remember really loving the book, and I think I found even the movie a bit confusing the first time I saw it. But, having read DT, it all made more sense to me this time. I enjoyed it this time.
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  10. weezergirl

    weezergirl Active Member

    I didn't even realize this got made into a movie! I just feel down the amazon/Stephen King movie/miniseries on DVD rabbit hole btw....so many to watch, so little time!!

    I so want to watch it but the one problem I have...Ted Brautigan is in my mind already and he's not Hannibal Lecter...lol. I just don't know if that's what I want to picture when I reread the DT series, and once I see him in the movie that way the Ted Brautigan in my head will cease to exist. Or at least have to cohabitate and that is just weird. I have this problem A LOT. I really love getting a picture of people & places from the book and my imagination. I love Anthony Hopkins, but he's not Ted Brautigan. They are two different people. I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested!!
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  11. Don Rice Jr

    Don Rice Jr New Member

    I recently watched the movie, and I'm in complete agreement with Weezergirl. Hopkins, great actor that he is, just is not Ted Brautigan. I was also rather disappointed with the changes made to the low men, and I think it could have been a good tie-in to future DT films if they'd only stuck closer to the book near the end.
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  12. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I just recorded this movie yesterday - I am sure it will not be as good as the book, but nevertheless will give it a go!

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