Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Is Anybody There?

A Michael Caine movie about being old and what comes after that. Is Anybody There?(2009) sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Yes, it is, but at the same time, it wasn't.
Edward (Bill Milner) is a little boy living with his parents who are running a rest home for the old people. They come and they go, and Edward isn't too happy with his life there. But he is interested in one thing: what happens to people after they die. His question may be answered by Clarence (Michael Caine), and old man who used to be a magician. Clarence introduces Edward to the world of magic, where anything can happen, while teaching him some valuable life lessons on the way. But is Clarence a good or bad influence on Edward?
It was a little depressing, a little boring, but then again it compensated by adding some touchingly funny moments between Edward and Clarence. The critics are all saying that this was Caine's best performance, but I beg to differ. While it was great, it was hardly award-worthy, and I think that if Caine wasn't being cast in all of Chrisopher Nolan's movies he would be stuck in similar roles. However, this is a what you would call a small, under-watched movie. Thanks to it's little release, hardly anyone will be able to see it. Which is a shame because, it isn'tt a great movie, but it's worthy of a watch.

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