Reviewed bylester diamondVote: 9/10/10
This is the first time I've commented on IMDb but this film deserves tobe seen by more people so I thought I'd give it another positivereview. To begin with I thought Tom Hardy, who played Stuart, turned inan excellent performance and I'm sure we'll see plenty more from him inthe future. Despite being a knife-wielding, psychopathic, booze houndeven from the beginning, I felt empathy for his character, its hard notto. All of the acting is as good as the script allows but Hardysperformance just shines through. However its really the story, toldbackwards, thats the reason this is such a enchanting film. Having readthe book a couple of days ago i can also add this film, refreshingly,is very true to, and just as good as, the book. I've no idea if it wason TV or has been released on DVD, but if you get the chance watch thisfilm, its thought provoking, heart wrenching, enthralling, funny,stomach churning, touching and it will be an eye opener to a lot ofpeople.
WATCH THIS FILM!
Reviewed byRodrigo Amaro (email@example.com)Vote: 9/10/10
Here's an warming real life story transformed into a lovely TV film. Itall starts when writer Alexander Masters (Benedict Cumberbatch) havingplenty of available time on his hands decided to write the story of ahomeless man he met while coordinating an campaign to release fromprison the directors of a project that helps homeless people. The manin question is Stuart Shorter (Tom Hardy), an troubled and angeredyoung man who has been arrested several different times, who suffersfrom a muscular dystrophy and lots of other problems as well but whohappens to impress Alexander in a unusual way with some smartness, hishumor and a great sense of friendship. And it is Stuart that givesAlexander the idea of writing his story in backwards. "Make itinvolving, do it like Tom Clancy. What murdered the little boy I was?"he says. And here begins the journey of finding who Stuart was and whyhe is the way he is now.
David Attwood directs "Stuart: A Life Backwards" with grace and wisdom,working with a depressive subject without sentimentalism and using ofplenty of humor, some comic reliefs and a great deal of imaginationthroughout little animated segments (everytime Masters thinks ofStuart's ideas or picturing moments of his life). What separates thismovie from many similar made by Hollywood is the honest portrayal ofthe main figure, without providing easy answers on why Stuart end upthe way he ended. Just like the writer we keep putting the piecestogether to form one and definitive Stuart, the man, but even with allthe puzzle formed there's the sensation of looking at a distance andstill we wouldn't comprehend the image quite right. A simple man, atragic figure yet so intriguing, so interesting to follow. That's whatcaptivated Alexander and that's what captivates us viewers.
And if the man with all his simplicity and his uniqueness in seeing theworld is that fascinating on us is because the actor portraying him isall that as well. Well known for his action roles in pictures like"Rock N'Rolla" and "Inception" the great Tom Hardy gives his mostimpressive performance so far. Wheter angry, fragile, sick, eternallyconfused or just sharing a crazy thought, he makes all those feelingsand reactions wonderfully. The mannerisms, the ticks, his slurredvoice, a real character not an acting show, a perfect embodiment. AndMr. Cumberbacth doesn't get behind, he's very good and together theyform a great team (as proved again in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", eventhough there they a little bit opposite from each other).
"Stuart: A Life Backwards" is a good example of a film that doesn'tneed much to satisfy its viewers. You can watch over and over again,see new things on each view and see some positive and inspiring things.I highly recommend it. 9/10
Reviewed byThrowntoRealityVote: 8/10/10
The first time I saw this film was actually just a coincidence. Themovie that I was supposed to watch in the first place was broadcast anhour later than it stood in the paper, so when I turned on the channelI for some reason stopped zapping around and watched the film.
Afterwards I wasn't disappointed at neither the news paper or the filmitself - I'm actually more than glad that there was a printing error onjust that particular day! Otherwise I probably wouldn't have knownabout it! Both Cumberbatch and Hardy are superb in their roles, and therest of the cast are also very convincing. It feels like they actuallyare the actual persons they represent and not just actors, which israre in many today's regular movies.
So if you haven't watched it, see it! I loved it the first time I sawit and after eight times I still do. This drama-documentary is highlyrecommended.
When Stuart Shorter - a homeless alcoholic with a violent past - meets writer and charity worker Alexander Masters, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Alexander learns more about Stuart's complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to tell the story backwards, so that it's "More exciting - like a Tom Clancy murder mystery". As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the story an almost tragi-comic edge. Through post office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside numerous institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally alien world and begins to understand how Stuart's life spiralled so badly out of control.