Reviewed byharlock68Vote: 6/10/10
First of all this is a "must see" Christmas movie, and that is becausebeen a tale it becomes personal, and here you have a potentially reallygood movie. The story is the strongest point, it gives scattered hintsor pieces of a puzzle that all come together at the end, and that is byfar the best thing of this movie. Unfortunately, I think thateverything else fell short, and was treated as a B-movie, fromphotography to editing down to the actors, that at the end, I feel ,didnot performed at the level I would have expected. I really think thatthe ambiance of a movie is as important as the story itself, andprobably taking this story back in time, in a more charming lookingatmosphere, (like "The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc"),addinga voice in the back that gives you more information about all thecharacters you meet, and definitely having a better editing andphotography would have made this an all time "Classic Christmas Movie".But again watch it, it deserves it.
Reviewed by (email@example.com)Vote: 5/10/10
Reasonably well done. Pretty well acted with an originalish take on aChristmas Carol. Eddie Izzard did seem to be playing a toned downversion of his stand up piece, and that led to the piece not knowing ifit was serious or light hearted. The boy was excellent, as was theuncle, and as always, Geoffrey Palmer, despite his part being so small.The issue I had was the playing of the Grandmother's dementia forlaughs. Putting the turkey in the washing machine, buttering Christmascards; all showed a lack of respect, and most likely a team of writerswho have no idea of the difficulties of the disease. It really spoiledan otherwise decent piece. Shame.
Reviewed byHatchorderVote: 10/10/10
There will be those who are critical of the over simplified message ofthis film, those who feel that Eddie Izzard was not the right person toplay the key role but I think that they are over complicating this.
A seasonal film that has you laughing, crying and puzzled in equalmeasure until the ending glues it all back together. So many threadsthat in the end all make sense and the parts played by Eddie Izzard,Jason Flemyng and Geoffrey Palmer are stand out for me. The young ladwho plays Goose either is a natural, or took direction superbly.
There is only one section that is not researched well, and you willknow it when you see it, but that is forgivable to an extent becausethe rest of the film is so good.
Deserves awards and should become a Christmas Classic every year fromnow on.
Enjoy it with a glass of wine, cuddled up on the couch with the kidsand a box of tissues. Children over the age of 12 will understand allthe themes, children under that age will still understand the maintheme of the film.
Orphaned the previous Christmas young Goose looks after his demented grandma, selling stolen goods to soft-hearted fence Frank on his Manchester estate. One Christmas Eve Goose meets Anthony, an enigmatic, fey stranger with apparent psychic powers, able to tell by touching them what people have lost, from Frank's first edition of Oscar Wilde to a retired doctor's wife. Hoping that its return will lead to him finding his lost dog, Goose persuades Anthony to help him retrieve a bangle he stole and ends up meeting the wife of his probation officer, whose young daughter died on the same day as Goose's parents. But Anthony is not what he seems to be at all and is capable of changing everybody's life for the better when his true identity is revealed.