Flash Movie Review: A Long Way Down

No one has the right to tell you how you should feel is one of my strongest mantras. Among all the individuals within the circles of connections in my life, everyone knows there is no reason to cover-up, modify or hide one’s feelings. If someone is in a foul mood, so be it. I am not one to offer platitudes like “things will get better” or “it will be a brighter day soon.” When I am sad or depressed I certainly do not want someone around trying to cheer me up. I just want someone to be accepting and understand this is how I am feeling right at the moment. The phrase “misery loves company” comes to mind and there is some truth in it. I have noticed a stronger connection forms between 2 people when they are commiserating about similar circumstances. It is true for me when my friends and I are at a concert or on a trip, shared excitement only accentuates the experience. The same holds true during a somber or sad experience. It all comes down to the ability to relate to another being, to know there is someone else who is feeling the same way as you.    COINCIDENTALLY, the four individuals in this comedic drama accidentally discovered they were each feeling the same way with the same idea. It was New Year’s Eve and expecting to be alone Martin, Maureen, Jess and JJ; played by Pierce Brosnan (Love is All You Need, The Ghost), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine), Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre, That Awkward Moment) and Aaron Paul (Need for Speed, Breaking Bad-TV); all found themselves on the top of a high-rise building at the same time with plans to jump off the roof. Instead of ending their lives that night, they form an unusual pact to help support each other through their troubled times. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), believe it or not this film offered a few amusing moments. The subject may be morbid for some; but I found the script did a decent job of handling the subject matter, mixing doses of lightheartedness with darkness. Though the acting was this movie’s strongest feature, it could not help save this dramedy. I found the story jumped around too much, never allowing time to offer further explanation to the scenes. With things coming across piecemeal, the story never fully developed and fell flat. Not that I expect you to agree with me on every one of my movie reviews, but I feel comfortable there will be many who will feel the same way I do after they see this film.

 

1 3/4 stars

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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 18, 2014, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The overall premise of the movie is ridiculous and it does treat a very dark subject matter in quite a trivial way. I enjoyed it though and I thought that Toni Collette was particularly good as the loving mother of a severely disabled child. Her performance alone means it’s worth a good 3 out of 5 for me.

  2. Thanks for this. I wonder if my latest fiction-in-progress will one day be put into movie form that you’ll review.
    Thank you for taking the time to have a look.
    Pat

  3. This would have to be one of the best books I’ve read. There’s not many movies that live up to what books can do, and this holds so much promise, with the actors. Just looking at the clip I can see there are some differences… still can’t wait to see it… great post.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments. I would so enjoy if you come back to tell me how the film compared to the book after you see this movie.

      • Hi, saw the movie. I was was really disappointed. The only good thing about it was the actors. To be honest, I really struggled to sit through it, it was so corny and predictable. In the book – there was a real sadness and hopelessness that existed deep within these characters… I don’t think the movie captured it to the same degree.

      • I did not know it was based on a book and can see the book being much better. Thank you for your comments.

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