HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Tuck Everlasting Love that lasts forever
Year: 2008
Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Alexis Bledel, Jonathan Jackson, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Scott Bairstow, Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving, Victor Garber, Kosha Engler, Alex Davis, Richard Pilcher, Julia Hart, Naomi Kline, Elisabeth Shue
Genre: Drama, Romance, FantasyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: In the early 1900s, teenager Winifred Foster (Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel) runs away from home fearing her mother (Amy Irving) and father (Victor Garber) will send her to boarding school. Escaping to the woods, Winnie encounters handsome Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), who along with his parents Angus (William Hurt) and Mae (Sissy Spacek) and elder brother Miles (Scott Bairstow) are destined to remain forever young and immortal, having drunk from a magical spring one hundred and four years ago. Winnie finds love and happiness amidst this rural idyll, although she learns from Angus and Miles that immortality brings its share of pain as well as joy. But her parents fear she has been kidnapped, while the mysterious Man in the Yellow Suit (Ben Kingsley) is on the Tuck’s trail, eager to seize the secrets of eternal life.

Based on the award-winning children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, this lyrical fantasy drama belongs to that select group of seriously offbeat Disney movies, such as Return to Oz (1985) or The Watcher in the Woods (1980). Movies whose philosophical and even melancholic qualities mark them as atypically mature efforts from the family friendly studio. On the other hand it is also part of a winning trend this decade for more thought-provoking children’s films of which Disney’s Holes (2003), Bridge to Terabithia (2007) and director Jay Russell’s The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) are notable examples. Ostensibly aimed at children, the sedate pace and gently contemplative tone may put off younger kids fixated on action-thrills, but teenagers may warm to the touchingly innocent love story that rests at its heart.

Previously adapted into a little known 1981 movie, Tuck Everlasting is essentially a meditation on life and death, examining the joys and anguish wrought by living an eternal life. Angus Tuck pragmatically describes what he and his family have “cannot be called living” and, though Winnie briefly revels in freedom “to question, to explore and to play”, the film ultimately concludes it is better to live life with all that mortality entails. Impeccably acted by a quality cast, that includes Elisabeth Shue as narrator, youngsters Jonathan Jackson and achingly lovely Alexis Bledel keep pace with veteran scene-stealers like Sissy Spacek and Ben Kingsley. Though his character remains somewhat sketchy and downgrades into a pantomime villain amidst the third act, Kingsley simmers magnetically. Scott Bairstow also moves, especially during his pained reminisces about his wife and family driven mad by exposure to his immortal being.

Exquisitely shot, in the sun-dappled hues of an eternal summer, by cinematographer James L. Carter, this boasts an affecting score by William Ross. Events are confined to a singular space that, however beautiful and expansive, conveys the stifling nature of the Tucks’ existence. Mention is made of Miles and Jesse’s exploits across Europe and during the Civil War, but since these remain outside the concerns of this story one can understand why they have not been visualised. Its gentleness may render it a somewhat ephemeral experience upon first sight, but after repeated viewings the central message (“Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life”) together with the poignant conclusion can really get under your skin.

Click here for the trailer

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 4557 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: