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The Shipping News by Cynthia, UK

Well, the trouble with “The Shipping News” is that I have problems with the novel on which it is based. I read Annie  Proulx’s book during the summer and found it unsatisfactory and not, in my opinion, worth the Pulitzer Prize. The author starts off with a remarkable advantage in that she is going to write about life in Newfoundland which few of us know much about and which indeed proves to be a strange and evocative setting for the story. But given this advantage the she seems to throw it all away by staging an extremely mundane tale i.e. man marries wrong woman, man persecuted by woman, woman dies, man goes to new place, man gets new woman. A few storms and one or two grisly events punctuate this scenario in a rather half-hearted way. This would probably cause yawns even among dedicated viewers of East Enders and Coronation Street (for anyone in the world who has not yet heard of these, they are celebrated English soap operas). Considering all the possibilities of the weird atmosphere of Newfoundland we could have had in-depth studies of characters related to the past of the place and its history, complex interaction between characters, a strong influence from the world of legend and the supernatural and many other possible themes. I found myself bored by the book and I tried to analyze exactly why. The author writes in an extremely detailed way about the practicalities of the Newfoundland scene but this seems to be a problem rather than an advantage. She seems to just describe the practical facts without giving them the resonances or symbolic power that might make them more interesting. The piling on of detail seems to stifle the resonances.  Also, her minor characters such as the staff of “The Gammy Bird” are superficially diverting but really don’t have any depth and I started to find their perpetual chat irritating.  In addition she seems to have a problem about connecting up the themes. For example, the supernatural is introduced when Bunny appears to have psychic gifts – she “sees things” and foretells the collapse of the house but this is not developed and she just remains an observer of her father’s relationship. The Quoyle ancestors are mentioned but once again this is not developed except to suggest that Quoyle might be a bit like them. What we seem to have in the end is a weak central story used to string together a selection of mildly diverting anecdotes against the background of Newfoundland .  I felt that not one of the characters was particularly strong and though Quoyle is the most interesting his character isn’t complex enough to carry the story.  I think the author genuinely wanted to celebrate the life of the Newfoundlanders and also show the restrictions, weirdness and tediousness of their life. The problem is that if events are relatively mundane the characters have to be very strong and complex to engage the reader’s attention and they are too weak here to carry the story.  To do the author justice, I’m just reading her book of short stories “ Close Range ” (Wyoming Stories) which is a definite improvement possibly because the stories are short so the piling on of detail and lack of connection between themes is less of a problem.

Turning to the film I had the rare experience of enjoying a film of a book more than the actual book itself. Usually I much prefer the actual text to any film or TV production but The Shipping News was an exception. The director makes the pace of the action very slow and this seems to make the events more interesting, possibly because it “irons out” the irritating details. He is able to use his imagination to turn rather mundane writing into something powerfully dramatic as shown, for example, by Quoyle as a child being forced to swim by his father though he is terrified and then we see the child under water turning into the man still under water and afraid. Throughout we are aware of the weather and the geography of Newfoundland through the magnificent camera work and I had the  feeling that the country itself – complex, wayward, mysterious and tempestuous – was the greatest character in the story, certainly much more interesting than any of the human beings.  Lars Halstrom does as much as a director can do but of course he is still working with Annie Proulx’s material. I thought that all the actors were working as well as they could with the text and all turned in strong performances but I felt that strange lack of involvement which I’d felt when reading the book.

Kevin really was miscast, I felt, in the sense that Quoyle should have been portrayed by an actor who is much bigger physically. Though he did his best to make up for this, such as lurching about in the boat and tripping over things, it did not have the impact it would have had if he had been a much bigger man. Having said this he did his absolute best as he always does. Kevin excels at conveying complex feelings by his expressions and by showing suppressed emotion and this subtle way of acting was most effective in this film. At the beginning he conveys by expression only his worry and boredom in his early jobs. Later he is movingly yearning when his first wife takes an interest in him – you can see by his eyes that it is the first time anyone has shown this interest. He subtly conveys by looks and gestures his slowly growing interest in Wavey Prowse. But in the end this is all very ordinary stuff and you feel Kevin’s intelligence has nothing to do. Probably because the book was rather long, the dialogue has been cut so that most of the actors don’t have very much to say. This is an advantage in that the views of Newfoundland itself, the bad weather, boats at sea etc. can create the mood more effectively but I felt the lack of dialogue also prevented even the small amount of complexity that Annie Proulx gave the characters to be built up. The fact that we only get snatches of the history of anybody means there is in the end nothing to hold the viewer except the doubtful melodrama of boats possibly being sunk, somebody having his head cut off, Quoyle getting drunk and smashing up a boat, somebody apparently dead who comes back to life etc. I can see why Kevin would want to do this film because it did get him away from perpetual thrillers and parts as the villain. This film is certainly an approach to the kind of thoughtful “art house” picture which I think Kevin, with his intelligence and acting ability, would do very well to pursue. The trouble is that it doesn’t quite come off here.

January 22, 2006

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The Shipping News by spaceyfan

TSN is backed up by a great cast of actors.  It is a movie that you can sit back to and relax, soak up the scenery of Newfoundland.  It is slow at times, you wonder if there should be more waves in the ocean, but to experience the journey of Quoyle is mesmerizing.  Quoyle is a character that we have not seen Kevin portray before.  He has got all the body language down, the poor posture, the voice, everything.  I think the movie is a bit slow and intellectual to be an Oscar contender, but nontheless it should be watched by all Spacey fans. October 1, 2004

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The Shipping News by Gertie

The Shipping News was o.k., performances by Spacey, Judi Dench, Cate, were good.  But the actor that caught my “bad” vibe was Jason Bahr, an uneasy feeling towards this guy, something about Behr I don’t feel good about….but the movie was o.k.

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The Shipping News by Ten Four

I really loved the “Shipping News”….I know some movie critics did not like this movie, but I certainly did….Kevin was cute, like a big bear, someone whom I would have loved to take care of for the rest of my life…the movie was heart warming, and it made me cry at times…..so did “K-Pax”….! Kevin is a good actor…

January 15, 2003

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The Shipping News by Donna

THIS SHIPPING NEWS–It’s another film classic for Mr. Spacey.  It’s a visually stunning film and I loved the way in which Kevin gave life to Quoyle. Funny, but I get the same feeling when I watch Quoyle as I do when I watch Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I feel so happy and silly to know Clarence is out there somewhere in the big wide world happy bumbling along because he finally received his wings, and it’s not that he had low expectations out of life (or work as an angel), but he knows it’s the little things that make us the happiest. Quoyle gave me that same kind of happy, safe feeling.  Know what I mean? Anyway, Kevin is a master craftsman and he’s proven it time and again. The range of characters he’s created takes my breath away and I eagerly await “The Life of David Gale”.  And PROT was such an endearing character also.  Don’t you just know he’s out there right at this moment hanging out at some fruit market somewhere ha, ha!! K-PAX I thought was a brilliant movie and it reminded me of a play because of the interaction between the 2 main characters. Just when I thought I had that movie figured out, boom!, it did a 180 degree turn and emotionally took the wind out of me. WOW! I wasn’t expecting to be taken on such an emotional ride.  The hypnosis scenes had me riveted and I couldn’t tell you when was the last time a film actually made me forget I was sitting in a movie theater because I was so absorbed in the acting.  My friends and I saw K-PAX in the theater 6 times and couldn’t wait until it and TSN came out on video.  Just goes to prove that great acting and a great story will always stand the test of time.  Mr. Spacey creates characters & movies that doesn’t insult our intelligence and I totally lose myself in his characters when I watch him act. He reminds me so much of the older actors of the great era of Hollywood when you just laughed or cried with them and became so totally absorbed in the movie you just knew you’d watched greatness preserved for prosperity. Donna (Pizzazy4KS)

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The Shipping News by Janine W.

Ha!  I finally saw  “The Shipping News”.  I know that many others have reviewed this film for this web site, so I will be brief.  Yep, Mr. Spacey was playing a new kind of character, make no mistake.  I have read the book and in it Quoyle is a great hulking man, self-conscious of his size and well, big chin.  Kevin put on 20 pounds, but manages to convey self-consciousness quite nicely, in spite of the fact that really, it’s hard to tell he’s put on that weight under those heavy winter clothes.  He beautifully conveys a sense of low self esteem and shyness that I’ve never seen him utilize before in any of his film roles.  He’s as Quoyle as he can be.  It would be nice to see him play such a type again.  Especially since, after watching  “K-pax”, we know full well the man’s got arrogance down to a science.  In  “News”, it’s his voice that strikes the tone of Quoyle.  It’s a timid, wallflower voice.  Sounds crazy, but this seems to be the exact sort of voice I find myself using at parties.    Unfortunately, this film is just a bit too slick–a bit too Hollywood.  Newfoundland through the eyes of the director who made made one of my favorite books, The Cider House Rules, into a connect-the-dots tear-jerkin’ coming of age movie.  Dench, Moore, all the actors are spot-on.  The location shots with their icy, forbidding but nevertheless astonishing beauty–I have no quarrels with that.  But I am disappointed, regardless.  What is missing?  I think it’s the danger.  I think it’s the little things that are missing.  The details that should leave you connected to the events of the movie like a rope to the mast of a schooner.  One such detail would be an explanation for Quoyle’s devotion to Petal–even after her death.  And I would have loved to see a scene in which Quoyle explains that relationship to Wavey.  Oh, no.  I wasn’t brief at all, was I?:(     June 23, 2002

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The Shipping News  by Jenny – Battle Creek MI

I saw the Shipping News the day it was released on VHS–June 18. I thought the role Kevin played was extremely different from any other I’d seen him in, but of course he did it brilliantly.  We are so used to seeing him play these arrogant, sarcastic, confident characters and in this one he plays a sad man, brimming with low self-esteem, who gets walked on and goes unnoticed. Even his voice is different–he talks in a completely soft pathetic tone sometimes totally unlike him. I loved Kate Blanchett’s small performance. Overall I thought the movie moved a little bit slow, but once again, Kevin gave total believability to this character. (Also interesting, by the way, to see him 20 pounds heavier and with red hair!). And it is a “Sunday afternoon movie” Overall I liked it but if anyone else was playing Quoyle I’d say forget it.  The reason in my opinion people should watch it is to see a totally different character for Kevin. You feel so sad for him in the opening scenes–I’m glad he has the talent to explore these different options–go see it if you’re interested in his talent–if all you want to see is his usual sexual charisma and eyes that throw sparks–forget it. June 20, 2002

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The Shipping News  by Carol

I must confess when I read TSN I wasn’t wondering if Kevin Spacey could portray Quoyle ~ I was wondering if any actor could. Quoyle is an odd character. He is often referred to as a “loser” but that doesn’t capture Quoyle deeply enough. He is a man who, simply put has never mattered to any one. Yet (and I believe the book shows this a bit better) Quoyle has a good heart (not all losers do) and he genuinely likes people. (An interesting side note from the book : Early on you begin to wonder if Quoyle is the father of Petal’s children. You come to understand a lot about him when you realize he would love them regardless because they were hers.) Kevin Spacey is an immensely talented man.  He is also said to be fiercely intelligent (though I personally have no doubt of this I hesitate to state it as fact simply because I have never met the man). Quoyle possesses neither of these traits. Those familiar with Spacey’s work know how convincingly he is able to play sarcastic evil roles. Those who doubt his ability to play a “loser” need to go and watch The Usual Suspects again.  For a man with a twinkle in his eyes and the constant hint of an arrogant smirk to attempt to bring Quoyle to life is amazing. For him to do it so well is breathtaking to watch. I felt the same emotions for Spacey’s Quoyle as I did for Annie Proulx’s.  I was embarrassed for him and shocked at how he was treated. I felt humiliated right along side him. And after sharing his world for a while I was happy when he found his place in it. While many have questioned the cast of the film I liked it. Some say there was no chemistry between Moore and Spacey. I disagree. Wavey and Quoyle had been hurt and were afraid to trust anyone. Their romance would never be one of swagger and passion and sureness. It would be awkward and clumsy and hesitant. I do think the film suffers from sloppy editing on this point. In conclusion I liked this film a lot.  Kevin Spacey brought to life the Quoyle I met in the book. He had a fine cast to work with ~ Judi Dench was another inspired casting decision. The scenery was unlike any I’ve seen before. It and the musical score added so much to the overall experience. It would have been interesting to see what this film could have done with some Studio backing. Had people actually been given a chance to see it, it might have found an audience…

May 25, 2002

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The Shipping News  by Rachel B

The Shipping News was an excellent movie!! Kevin Spacey proved once again that he was born to act. His performance as Quoyle is very believable and emotional. I could relate to some of the things Quoyle went through in the film. The background and landscape in the film was beautiful and the story was told very well. If you’re looking a movie that is so heartwarming, go see The Shipping News! Five stars!!!!!

March 28, 2002

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The Shipping News  by Jaye

I want to start off by saying how much I LURVED this film, despite it having one too many sub-plots. Anyway, TSN is a beautifully crafted picture with equally wonderful and enigmatic performances from the whole cast. The direction and cinematography (as mentioned in the previous fan review) is remarkably lush while the score’s soft on the ears. Good stuff. I was particularly thrilled by the office scene in which Quoyle, demands an “I.B.M” computer from Pete Postlethwaite’s character after realising his potential as a journalist. It had me in stitches! And let’s not forget Cate Blanchett’s brilliant cameo appearance as Quoyle’s man-eating, overbearing, tarty wife. Excellent! After months of waiting for TSN to be released, the film doesn’t disappoint. It’s a truly feel-good picture which will absolutely put a smile on your face. Kevin makes an effective Quoyle!

March 14, 2002

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The Shipping News  By LindyLoo

I went to see TSN this afternoon after reading the UK fan’s review on this website which said it was an afternoon movie.  It certainly was and after all the reviews I’d read, I expected to be totally bored.  I definitely wasn’t, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Everybody seemed to have a secret to tell, and in contrast to your other UK fan’s review, I thought Quoyle and Wavey did have a connection, both had been hurt deeply by their significant other.  I felt both were afraid of being hurt again and that’s why they kept pushing the other away.

I’d also add that the cinematography was wonderful (amazing, there’s no Oscar nomination). I’ve never seen Newfoundland, but I felt “cold”, and it was a windy but very sunny day here in the UK.  I’d read Kevin’s comments that Lasse kept telling him not to react, and I felt as if I was listening through Quoyle’s ears.  His lack of reaction enabled me to be him.  That may sound weird, but I felt that I was there.

Barry Norman, who’s the most revered film critic in the UK, said in his review that the movie suffered from having Kevin in it because he is such a strong character.  But I only felt that when Bunny had gone missing and Kevin was pacing up and down with the phone, that is, he felt so strongly that his strength was coming through.  Apart from that, Kevin was a great lumbering hulk who kept lurching from one incident to another, not exactly a strong character.  I felt by the end of the movie that he had woken up and was becoming involved in his life.  The “wake” scene with Bunny was very emotional for me, and I thought he’d finally connected with his daughter there.

For anybody who’s thinking “shall I go and see it or not”, ignore the critics and decide for yourselves.  But like the other reviewer, I’d say, go and see it in the afternoon.  I went and saw it after the gym on a Saturday afternoon – it definitely relaxed me, but gave some surprises too, primarily Wavey and the Wake.

One final thing – I haven’t read the book, and some of the most virulent reviews I read were from people that had read the book -sometimes a book can just not be beat by a movie adaptation.  Perhaps people that have read the book should stay away from the movie!!!

LindyLoo March 12, 2002

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The Shipping News By Vivienne – March 6, 2002

It was a grey, overcast Monday afternoon with nothing to recommend it, so I took myself off for a treat to the local cinema. This cinema is cosy and intimate, with only two screens, and is situated in a little town on the banks of the River Thames. Quite coincidentally, it is the only cinema in quite a large radius that is showing ‘The Shipping News’. None of the multiplexes have it, although it was supposed to open nationwide last Friday.  Big is definitely not better!  This little movie theatre also sports a bar with alcoholic beverages as well as coffee, etc., and in between the trailers and the main film, an usher comes round with a tray of ice creams. This is something that reminds me very much of cinema visits when I was a child and you actually had two main films showing continuously in one programme. (Cinemas also only had one screen.). You could buy a ticket and stay all day and evening, sustained by drinks and ices from the  usher/usherette.  Nowadays, if you want to see something twice, you have to go out and come in again and buy another ticket! I had read some reviews of TSN, mostly detrimental, but was going in with an open mind.  From the very outset it wasn’t Kevin Spacey, heart-throb and superstar, on the screen, it was this ‘nothing’ man called Quoyle.  Blank face, blank eyes, bland voice and awkward, lumbering gait – completely characterless.  Here was a man who wouldn’t know how to smile, let alone laugh.  He just seemed to be constantly concerned and worried. I just sat back and let the film unravel and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I actually can’t wait to see it again, which is most unusual for me.  I shall also go out and buy the book!  I’m a very critical fan, but could find almost nothing to quibble about. Quoyle’s life with Petal could have been filled out a little more and towards the end of the film it seemed to drag a bit.  I didn’t feel there was any chemistry between Quoyle and Wavey, however.  I know there wouldn’t be much, but I couldn’t find any. The cinematography is superb (I was glad of my hot coffee!) and the acting on the whole (forget the accents) is excellent.  Again, I felt that some of the other characters could have been elaborated upon, but these are just minor things. As for Kevin, his performance was outstanding.  It’s very difficult for someone as charismatic as Kevin to blend into the background all the time. There are a couple of instances (one with Petal) where he starts to smile and it just felt wrong and out of character at that time.  Every now and then his voice veers towards its natural resonance instead of the light, slightly whining tone he has adopted for the character, but that is a direct result of shooting out of sequence as much as anything else.  It was just a fantastic portrayal. There is just one thing I should add.  This is what I call an ‘afternoon’ film.  I recently saw Gosford Park one afternoon and loved it.  Friends who saw it in the evening were bored and one actually fell asleep.  That, too, is an ‘afternoon’ film.  Our expectations seem to be different at different times of the day.  In the afternoon we’re willing to be drawn into something relaxing and beautiful to watch;  in the evening we want to be energized and to experience the excitement and drama.  Moulin Rouge and Lord of the Rings are definitely ‘evening’ films. So, Spacey fans, go and enjoy this really good movie – but go in the afternoon! Vivienne

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The Shipping News  by Allison St. Claire

January 21, 2002

Casting Pearls Before Swine An amateur moviegoer’s response to the professional critics who have reviewed The Shipping News by Allison St. Claire Plano, TX To follow the assertion that Spacey was “miscast” in the roll of Quoyle to its logical conclusion is to assume that Spacey is only “well-cast” when he’s playing the sociopathic Verbal Kint or the emotionally bankrupt Lester Byrnum.  While there is evidence to support the latter, the former is unsubstantiated by a series of contradictions. If it is agreed that Lester Byrnum is an adequate use of Mr. Spacey’s talent, then comparison is a useful tool here to examine the “well-cast” character of Lester to the alleged “miscast” character of Quoyle.  *  Both characters are introduced to us as men whose lives have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.  *  Both are leading unfulfilled, unimaginative, unproductive, emasculated lives.  *  Both men are married to women who don’t love or respect them. *  Both men fathered a daughter.  *  Both movies are about a man on a journey to self and the result is that they both grow a spine and achieve a sense of self-worth and well-being in the process. They begin at the same beginning and end at essentially the same end. Therefore, to declare Spacey miscast in the roll of Quoyle is, in essence, declaring him miscast in American Beauty.  Granted, audiences are used to Spacey playing rolls where his character is the smartest kid in the class.  That, in itself has nothing to do with acting.  He is the smartest kid in the class – a valedictorian at Chatswick High School.  No one can argue that the man isn’t brilliant.  So if he breaks out of that mold in order to act “average,” is this miscasting?  Was it miscasting when Dustin Hoffman, after having played Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men was cast as an idiot savant in Rain Man?  He demonstrated the reach of his ability and won an Oscar for his efforts. I’d also like to point out that the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t traditionally nominate actors who find themselves miscast for “Best Actor in a Dramatic Role”.  The Golden Globes, which precede the Oscars, are viewed as a predictor; similar to the way a change in the unemployment rate is considered an economic indicator. Several reviewers have made this criticism, yet not one has offered what they believe to be a more suitable choice.  Perhaps this is due to the fact that in Hollywood there is a shortage of actors with the ego of a turnip.  It also appears that as films are becoming more and more targeted to an audience with a brain, critics with a brain are in short supply.  Criticism that is unsubstantiated or supported with fact is mere opinion – idiocy not worthy of lining a birdcage.  One reviewer wrote that the film only glanced over some very serious issues, like incest, lesbianism and the film should have treated those issues in more depth.  Since when are movies a substitute for therapy?  I congratulate the screenwriter who didn’t make me sit through yet another three-hour exploratory of self-pity and emotional masturbation when the story that has nothing to do with “issues” deals predominantly with the characters issues.  The characterization was complete in knowing they were there.  If you believe the press and whatever self-serving agenda is driving their pen, we are led to believe that here is a beautiful film, based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, directed by the celebrated Lasse Hallstrom, staring the amazing Kevin Spacey and Dame Judy Dench – and it sucks.  The time has come to show the critics who really has the power here.  I will no longer sit back and allow them to review another beautiful film into obscurity.  It’s casting pearls before swine.  If I’m wrong, I’m out the seven bucks.  If I’m right, I won’t have been robbed of the collective beauty and imagination that produced such a work of art.  After all, it’s my money that drives the industry – and from here on out, I’ll be the judge of what’s good – and what isn’t.  I’m writing this for the sake of the arts, to encourage you to do the same.

(Part of this review was posted online on the Los Angeles Times readers review page for The Shipping News in response to yet another critic’s assertion that Kevin was miscast as Quoyle.)

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The Shipping News  by Tricia

January 21, 2002

The Shipping News is heart warming, funny & wonderfully delightful! Kevin Spacey at his best!! The movie is so memorable you will want to see if over & over again & add it to your collection when it comes out on DVD or VHS! It leaves you feeling spellbound & can’t wait to see it again because you feel like you missed something the first time. The sadness throughout gives one the sense of belonging & relate to what happens to the characters. BUT in the end to triumphant over their pasts & believe anything is possible! It is definitely a keeper in my book!!! TWO THUMBS UP!!!

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The Shipping News  by Meisje

January 14, 2002

Even days after seeing The Shipping News, I’m still digesting it. And strangely enough, I love the movie now more than even as I was watching it. It’s grown on me. More like wrapped itself around me like a big, warm, woolly sweater. Yes…yes, I love this one. I really do. It has a gentle, very subtle satisfaction to it. The heart of it: Quoyle is a sadder-than-sad sack who’s dealt the worst lot in life. He’s just beaten down by one thing after another, just bumbling and fumbling through a meager existence filled only with a b*tch of a wife and a precious young daughter. Quoyle is then visited by his quirky aunt from Newfoundland. With his little girl, he moves to the island to his family’s ancestral home, a creaky green house lashed to the jagged coastline by ropes to keep it from falling away. There he confronts his childhood trauma (he’s NOT a water person, as he reminds everyone) and personal pain and loss while trying (albeit very timidly and with slippery footing) to build some kind of a meaningful existence. Surprisingly enough, I got over my “Kevin-Spacey-Is-So-Hot” mentality rather quickly, which helped my enjoyment of the movie. Not only because he actually looked like a complete and utter shlump, but his acting came through and I really wanted to say to him, dude, come on, please, try to grow a backbone, huh? More as encouragement than anything else, really. I felt pity for the character — but I also understood him and identified with him. The rest of the cast were as natural and as convincing as any Newfoundlanders. Bravo to Judi Dench, Julianne Moore (she has such simple and effortless beauty), the girls who played the daughter… Everyone gave such a wonderfully *human* performance. For all its 2 hours (I *think* it was about 2 hours) I didn’t feel bored one bit, despite the relatively slow-moving story — which is why I wouldn’t recommend this one to everybody. It deals more with the internal conflicts of the characters. There’s always something deeper and darker lurking within. That’s the inside…on the outside, there’s the weather and the water. Visually, it’s quite “artsy” (but oh-so gorgeous). The weather and the water really become characters in their own right. And the score is by far and away some of the most beautiful and haunting music I’ve ever heard. Did I have any quibbles? Eh, nothing too serious. The only thing I felt was rushed was the portrayal of Quoyle and Petal’s relationship. I wanted to feel more of this. But that really was the only thing. I wasn’t overly amazed or astounded or anything…but very, very pleased. I felt good and I was smiling as I came out of the theater afterwards. If I could physically embrace this movie, I would. It just fills you right up…like a small boat adrift on the cold empty ocean, the water seeping through a crack…slowly but surely…but before you sink, you wash up ashore, and the sun breaks through the clouds…

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The Shipping News by Linda Roberts

December 26, 2001

I got my biggest, brightest and best Christmas present early!!! I was honored with tickets to a premiere screening of Shipping News one week ahead of most of the world! I’ll leave out any of the plot. I just want everyone to know that this film is beautiful. I was mystified by it ..it was magical ..it will leave you feeling uplifted. I remember reading that Newfoundlers were hoping to create an increase in tourism once everyone got to see the glorious cinematography taken of their land, but you can FEEL how bitterly Arctic it is from watching the movie ..so for now I’ll pass on THAT trip!!! But it is a must-see movie, you will not be disappointed ..Kevin as Quoyle will steal your heart, rake it down to “near-shredded” status– just as he did as Lester Burnham in American Beauty–BUT BUT BUT!! in TSN he  will return it to you Brand-spanking-new, at the end.  (I purposefully left out any spoilers, knowing that the film has not yet been widely released! (Such as is the case here in beautiful, snowless-so-far Rochester (N.Y.) Sorry for the “vague”-ness!!!!).