Summary: Barney's Version is not a perfect film, not by a long shot but it's clever enough in its writing and execution to be enjoyable despite the fact it is a film cut up into three separate sections and neither one ever really meshes with the other. Regardless of that, the film is a powerhouse in terms of acting performances with both Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman giving career highlight performances.
Summary: A very enjoyable movie. Its something you would watch on a rainy sunday afternoon. It is not memorable by any means but it has a good start and an excellent ending. Probably because the main character is not an overtly nice guy , it does detract somewhat from the experience; but when should movie making always feature a redeeming character! One to watch for sure.
Summary: I'm rating this movie 9/10 because as a HUGE Mordecai Richler film, I don't think that anything could have done Barney's Version (in my opinion his greatest work) justice. Yes, it's true, there are many overlooked details and the movie can sometimes feel like they've just condensed a life into an all-too-short movie form, but overall the film is superbly shot, and it's all so authentic.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Let's talk about the first wife, Clara(Rachelle Lefevre), the free spirit whom Barney Panofsky(Paul Giamatti) marries in a shotgun wedding during his Roman holiday. Had she lived, a divorce would have surely followed with record-setting expedience, once they reached the North American continent.
Summary: Barney Panofsky is a complex character: obnoxious, unsympathetic, romantic, sensitive and a little bit sweet. Although there are friends and family, most of the narrative revolves around his relationship with his three wives. As Barney, Paul Giamatti makes the film worth watching. He brilliantly examines all sides of this complex character.
Summary: I did not see anything new in this film. In fact, I was rather underwhelmed. I hate scotch so maybe that clouded my opinion. Barney came across to me as a pathetic character not like Hunter S. Thompson. Also, why did the third wife look like she never aged?
Summary: This movie is like a drawing that was perfect but the artist didn't know where to stop until it was ruined and unrecognizable. The first hour was superb. Witty, hilarious...it reminded me of a serious man. And I kind of had that gut feeling that it was sort of heading in the wrong direction. I actually have never seen a film that started out as an "independent film" and finished as a "hollywood epic.
Summary: What a wonderful film! A beautiful motion picture. I love Paul Giamatti, I'll see anything with him. He's one the finest actors on the planet. He gives an Oscar deserving performance. The film's beginning/middle/end never drifts. The film is perfectly paced. The cast was perfect for the film. Whoever did the casting got it spot on. Dustin Hoffman & Rosamund Pike are fantastic. Go see this masterpiece, it's worth your 8 bucks.
Summary: The spine in this relentlessly episodic story is Barney's penchant for booze-soaked bad behavior. If only it were interesting booze-soaked bad behavior. I mean, I'll forgive a bad boy his flaws but Giamatti's got nothing to play except his character's desire to escape the scenes he's in. I had the same problem.
Summary: So worth the full price of a weekend ticket. I gravitate toward movies that take me from my own life, have a solid beginning/middle/END and especially if they do, with great impact, what their classification of movie genre encompasses; If it's a comedy I want to laugh, HARD. If a horror film, I want to be scared witless, and scream. This movie delivers everything and more of what it promises. Barney is complex and endlessly engaging, his life is symphonic.