Reviewed byTim JohnsonVote: 9/10/10
I was very impressed with The Shipping News for several reasons: thelocation should win an Oscar alone, Hallstrom's magical minimalist directionand the acting by the major leads and perhaps even more wonderful, by themany minor parts, were outstanding.
The beauty of the story, involving as it does many all-to-familiar dramasthat are easily recognized by people anywhere, was used as a springboard toexplore a little known area of the world and to bring much neededillumination on rarely discussed social problems.
To actually see such a beautiful movie shot on location in the magnificentsurrounds of Newfoundland should lead film makers away from the sterility ofsouthern California and the too-used streets of New York. I guess I've hadmy fill of movies about what Hollywood has been dishing out and I've gottenthoroughly jaded with virtually everythingmade by them.
Reviewed byBrigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman)Vote: 8/10/10
I am a tremendous fan of the book and read it twice. I sense the moviemissed the point here. Kevin Spacey does an admirable job with the difficultrole of Quoyle, he is shot from strange angles to emphasize a height andwidth that is not there in real life. I had envisioned Gerard Depardieu inthe role, big, hulking and awkward. I note also that one of the daughterswas dropped from the movie, there are two in the book. Judi Dench'sperformance is incredible and her tough almost fatalistic Newfoundlandcharacter feels real. Moore is a disappointment, far too beautiful for therole and not as mysterious as depicted in the book. The scenery isincredible, wild and isolated. I enjoyed the soundtrack and the minorcharacters, all very well acted. I gave it an 8 out of 10 for the fabulouscinematography and Judi Dench.
Reviewed byHunterDK (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 7/10/10
I had seen the good rating of Shipping News before I watched it, and I wouldlike to give it a shot.
Lasse Hallström did a good job when he directed The Cider House Rules, andKevin Spacey is of course a good actor with movies like The Usual Suspects,LA Confidential and K-Pax. Furthermore we got supporting actresses such asthe lovely Julianne Moore and talented Cate Blanchett, it waspromising.
The movie is mostly a drama, but it succeeds in giving the audience somelaughs when needed, which is important to me. Dramas can be too depressingsometimes, but it is of course sometimes needed to make a statement. Anyway,it is not needed in Shipping News and Lasse Hallström understands this verywell.
The acting is great, the stars I mentioned earlier deliver goodperformances, but we also get the pleasure to watch other good actors too,so the cast really gives us a good movie.
Actually there are mainly positive things to say about this movie, thepicture quality was good and the environment at Newfoundland created a goodatmosphere. The only thing I would critisise is that the movie maybe couldhave been a bit longer, there were a few issues that I would like to haveseen sorted out.
I have rated this movie 7/10, but it maybe deserved a little more. It isdefinitely worth watching.
An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey...