16 May 2016

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down 2014
  • Director: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Based on the book by Nick Hornby
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Rosamund Pike
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Toni Collette – Dead Girl, Mental, Fright Night, Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes, The Hours, About a Boy, Changing Lanes, Hotel Splendide, The Sixth Sense, Velvet Goldmine, Muriel’s Wedding
    • Pierce Brosnan – The World’s End, Mamma Mia, The Ghost Writer, Seraphim Falls, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks, Golden Eye
    • Imogen Poots – Filth, Jane Eyre, Age of Innocence, 28 weeks later, V for Vendetta
    • Aaron Paul – Veronica Mars, The X Files
    • Rosamund Pike – The World’s End, An Education, The Libertine, Die Another Day
  • Why? Nick Hornby. One of his best books. The cast is good too.
  • Seen:  8 May 2016      

       Suicide. In Hornby’s hands it’s bound to be bitter sweetly funny.
       Martin (Brosnan) and Maureen (Collette) vie for a jumping position on a tall building in London on New Year’s Eve. While they awkwardly introduce themselves to each other, Jess and JJ also queue up to jump.
       Right. It actually is funny. They all end up off the roof (via stairs, not jumping), in Martin’s car in a rain storm. Don’t ask. It works.
       They tell each other their reasons for suicide. Martin is a celebrity whose life has been ruined by notoriety. Maureen: ‘helpless situation.’ Jess – unhappy love. JJ has a brain tumour.
       Of course they’re all screwed up. Of course they wander through the black night together. Somehow Jess talks them into promising not to commit suicide until Valentine’s Day.
       Truth be known, I don’t remember the details of the novel so the twists and turns are unexpected.
       Their pain is real. The humour is…funny. They’re going to help each other find their way back to life. Right?
       Nick Hornby’s books make very good books. They also make excellent movies. Especially with a cast like this one. Collette and Poots raise it to

4 * of 5

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