Reviewed bypeter-eldonVote: 7/10
An artistic film about everyday life focusing on the popular writer Tomas Eldan and other artists and their close-ones whose paths cross upon each other when tragedy hits, unfolding a series of events that span over a decade. A small and realistic film by director Wim Wenders using brilliant 3D techniques centering around time and light that makes huge waves with the storytelling, the breathtaking cinematography and scenery with impressive performances, especially from James Franco and rising actor Robert Taylor. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Peter Stormare, Patrick Bauchau, Marie-Josee Croze and the young Julia Sarah Stone, Lilah Fitzgerald and Jack Fulton also feature. There were a few question marks in the script that stood out for me but the overall film-production and the skills they used satisfied me totally.
Reviewed byChristian StadegaartVote: 7/10
Exceptionally well acted by James Franco. Beautifully layered storyline. Its storytelling is right on par with the story itself. Really modest in its presentation, but grand in its effect. Robert Naylor also deserves credit for some fine acting. I hope this piece of art won't be underrated, because the story really is just a plain portrait of life, without any fuss. It struck me, with all its characters in it. Please take note of James Franco reading his letter from teenager Christopher so beautifully human. And the score is beautiful! Its cinematography is well crafted, there to deliver. I can't see why people would think this is a pretentious presentation of camera styles.
Reviewed byDiandVote: 6/10
Everything Will Be Fine is a small intimate movie, but suffers from an average screenplay and you can almost feel Wenders trying to bring intellectual depth to the movie. Although the center ultimately is the grieve and guilt following the death of a child in a car accident and coming to grips with that, it touches many themes which leaves the viewer purposively confused about the center and where to root himself in this movie in the first place: Broken relationships and families, stalking and a writer offering almost everything for success and coping with his remorse. The use of 3D in the movie is sometimes quite effective. For example, the first two scenes worked well, showing dust and then snow creating a haze in the image suggesting the troubled mind of Tomas. In addition, there are other clever movie techniques at work: turning the camera in directions where you would not expect it to go (turning the camera away from the action or showing a wider angle of the situation); also making effective use of time, hopping forward frequently so the viewer has to adopt his frame of reference. Although the cinematography is not bad, you start missing the collaborations with Robby Muller producing his best movies in the past. Gainsbourg (illustrator) I think is one of the oddest actresses around as she doesn't (or maybe can't) act. Franco (writer) is consistently clever and restrained in the movie, although you see him struggling in the first scenes. The score of Desplat is very apt for the atmosphere of the movie. I hope Wenders finally wins his deserved first Oscar, not for this but for the excellent Salt of the Earth documentary.
While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatizes him. Over the next 12 years, he struggles to make sense of what happened and continue on with life, but when he looks in the mirror, he sees a murderer.