The Hours

2002

Action / Drama / Romance

24
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 111883

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Julianne Moore as Laura Brown
Claire Danes as Julia Vaughan
Meryl Streep as Clarissa Vaughan
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Brent Trafton 10 / 10

The Tragedy of Baking a Cake

If you have read any of the other reviews on this page, you have probably figured out "The Hours" is not the easy, mainstream film it was made out to be by the ads and the reviews. Starring three of today's most popular leading actresses, winner of some Golden Globe awards, based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and the recipient of numerous rave reviews; it would seem to be a film that would appeal to a lot of people.

"The Hours" is not a regular Hollywood type of drama film. It has more in common with Ingmar Bergman films than with "Terms of Endearment." I think the thing that most people are having problems with is that the film does not explain what takes place or the significance of the context of what takes place. Things happen and it is up to the viewer to decide what it means. This is a controversial film and people will not only argue about whether or not the film is worthwhile, but they can also debate what exactly takes place during the film. How a person interprets this film says more about the person than the film.

The film follows a single day in the lives of three women in different time periods. During this day, each of them makes a decision that will affect the rest of their life.

I felt the film improved upon the book by bringing more clarity into the decisions of each character. Also, some of the most memorable lines and scenes in the film did not exist in the book.

While I would normally be the last person in the world to say anything positive about Phillip Glass, his score is evocative of the relentlessness of time. This is accentuated by the ticking of the clock throughout the film. The ethereal music also helps tie the three storylines together, to make it seem as if they are happening simultaneously.

I think a lot of people were taken off-guard by this film because they were expecting a more standard type of drama. Also, the PG-13 rating implies a lighter subject matter than is actually in the film. Just as a warning: There is crying, suicide, and women kissing women. Even though the violence and language is mild and there are no sex or nudity in the film, it should have probably been given an R rating because of the extreme emotion displayed in the film. Emotionally unstable people should probably not see this film.

As I said earlier, people will interpret this film differently since things are not spelled out for them. For the record, I did not think all three women were suffering from clinical depression as suggested by some people. Virginia's malaise would seem to fit the description of schizophrenia rather than clinical depression. Clarissa was suffering from regret over a decision she made thirty years previous and the feeling that she will never experience that happiness again. That does not necessarily mean she is clinically depressed. Laura is the depressed one and she makes a decision to handle that depression the way she thinks is best for her. Also, I do not feel Virginia was either incestuous or a lesbian. I think she was expressing her desperation through her disease and it came out in a socially unacceptable manner.

There is no doubt in my mind that "The Hours" is a great film. I only recommend it to people who are up to the challenge of thinking about the film long after they have left the theater and deciding about what it means. It is not a film for everybody but I felt it was worth the effort.

Reviewed by Elewis1195 1 / 10

Have you ever gotten up during intermission and been reminded that it was part of the show?

Philip Glass 4 minutes and 33 seconds of my life that I want back. That's how I felt about this movie. 2 hours about what people think when they're thinking depressing thoughts. It was like My Dinner With Andre but without anything interesting to say, and, people talking about their problems.

Now, I've read some of the reviews and some people find this movie a refreshing and much needed expression of the difficulties of being a woman dealing with depression and . . . that's fine. I mean, I get that, I really do.

But oh my god was I bored watching this, to me, pointless and depressing monotone of a film where nothing happened and nobody smiled. If you liked this film - great. I hated it. It didn't feel like I was watching a movie it felt like I was being punished.

I did like Nicole Kidman's fake nose though. That had a certain charm. She looked like the ugly duckling who could be prom queen if she'd just smile, but the coolness of her new appearance didn't last. I'd rather watch chicken little than see this one again.

Reviewed by hyunjikimd 10 / 10

Deeply sad but truth

This movie could be little bit boring for someone. But not many movies can describe living as a woman no matter 'when' and 'where' do you live, like 'The Hours' did.

Three different women, they look different, their personalities are different, and they have to deal with their own different problems everyday .... but ironically they are all connected with another fictitious woman character, 'Mrs. Dalloway', so no matter how different they are, they go through with the same fate, 'living as women'.

I am a woman too. I know the world is getting better and women's right has been improved a lot, but still a lot of women live under glass ceiling, which ask women to do this and do this, or not to do this... I hope this kind of movies keep coming so that we all can slowly break glass ceiling one by one.

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