Flash Movie Review: Sommersby

Memories are the bridle that tether us to a place of hope, where we dream of the way things used to be. You may know such a place; I know I do. It is here where one hangs on to the relationship they are in, even though it may no longer be healthy. We desperately hold on to those old memories; hoping for change while not strong enough to leave. I can remember wishing that person I knew to be inside of them would come back out and replace the stranger standing before me. I wanted to believe my sheer determination could make everything all right again. Alas, it was a sad and painful lesson for me. I saw a similar pain move across the face of Laurel Sommersby in this dramatic movie. Played by Jodie Foster (Panic Room, Inside Man), I had forgotten how good of an actress Jodie can be. The story was an Americanized version of the award winning film, “The Return of Martin Guerre.” For this movie, the story was set in the south right after the civil war had ended. Laurel with the help of Orin Meecham, played by Bill Pullman (Independence Day, While You Were Sleeping), was settling into a life without her husband who was presumed dead, getting a handle on the family farm. A couple of years had passed when unbelievably her husband John Robert aka Jack was spotted making his way home to her. But this man who went off to fight in the war was not that same man who returned home. Richard Gere (Arbitrage, Amelia) perfectly blended his character John Robert with Jodie as his wife Laurel. Though there were dull moments in the movie, Jodie and Richard were able to draw me into their romance. The addition of James Earl Jones (Finder’s Fee, A Family Thing) playing Judge Barry Conrad Issacs was great; even though I thought his character was not realistic for the times. I enjoyed the acting more than I liked the story. This movie made me realize how easy it is to understand how the sheer will of hopeful dreams and memories can motivate a person to hold on.


2 1/2 stars — DVD

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 11, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I remember both movies!!!!! So enjoyed your revisit! Jodie Foster is a marvelous actress! James Earl Jones is always good, no matter the part, no matter the movie! Thanks!

  2. my fave jodie foster film has to be Contact which sums up peoples hopes and fears 🙂

  3. pixelspielerei

    This is such a wonderful, beautiful, fantastic movie … I love him!

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Wow, you took me back a bit.
    I’m sorry Jodie Foster isn’t still doing stuff. I wonder how actors afford to live when they stop acting like that – I mean, they can’t be working at KFC.

  5. MJ,
    Here’s what jewel I found today, “Memories are the bridle that tether us to a place of hope, where we dream of the way things used to be.” (The first line in your post)
    Thank you for stopping by my place, so glad I went looking around to thank folks and there you were. Then I found one of your followers, CoastalCrone, and really feel fortunate.
    May I use your quote? How shall I attribute it? By your moniker and site link?
    Thank you,
    Patti, who wishes she was able to watch movies more

    • Hi Patti, Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. I do not know what to say about your reference to finding a jewel, but it really touched me. Please feel free to use it on your site; it would be an honor. Some fellow bloggers repost the review, please feel free to use moviejoltz as the reference along with the site link. It is very sweet of you. I hope one of my reviews motivates you to go to the movies! Once again thank you for your lovely words and for posting such beautiful things on your site. Be well.

      • Now, I’m speechless. Lucky I can write :>)
        Your words about memories were perfect and beautiful. I also enjoy the way you review movies. I will return and send others your way.
        I am motivated, love watching movies, it just doesn’t fit the humble life I am living right now. I love sitting in theaters alone and watching movies. I always thought they made a lousy first date, because I like to have my attention on the screen, not on a person next to me.
        Thank you for having a visit to my site and I hope you return.

      • Hi Patti, I understand your feelings about going to the movies alone. If I do go with someone, they get prepped that there is no talking during the movie. Also, if eating is a must by them, they have to eat quietly. Do you think I take my movie watching time seriously? lol As you peruse my reviews, you will notice that I mix in DVDs with those I have seen at the theater. Be well.

      • Ah, a kindred spirit…I promise to munch popcorn 3 seats away. I do watch freebies online, but afraid of bugs infecting my computer. Yuck. I also use the library and get dvd’s occasionally. Take care.

      • I know some people who love using the libraries nearby to get their movie DVDs. Besides renting DVDs I try catching odd show times that are priced cheaper. Thanks for the offer of sitting 3 seats away while eating your popcorn; I will remember it.

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