American Pastoral - SHOWTIMES


American Pastoral - SHOWTIMES (2016)


American Pastoral

IMDB - Score
6.2/10
(1569)
Release Date:
11.11.2016
Genre:
Drama
Length:
126 Minute
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Movie Plot

Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter's new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.





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Boyd Bryan ( 2017-04-08 )

the end of idealism
 

Greetings again from the darkness. Tackling one of the great American novels is a difficult challenge for even the most seasoned film directors … and a dubious undertaking (at best) for a first-timer. Philip Roth won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel "American Pastoral", and there have been rumblings of a Hollywood production for more than a decade. It's somewhat surprising that the screen version is directed by first time director Ewan McGregor … with the Scottish actor also taking on the lead role of local Jersey boy and sports hero Seymour "Swede" Levov. ..



Bryan Flores ( 2017-02-27 )

equal parts enlightening, frustrating, inspiring and depressing
 

Anti-war protests. Heated political arguments. Police brutality. Social inequality. Race Riots. Calls for violence as a way to set things right. No, I'm not describing the Middle East or some Third World country. I'm talking about the United States – and not in the present day, but in the mid-1960s. The American Civil Rights Movement and opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam were both at their zeniths, both yielding positive and negative results for the country and those most personally involved. Can you imagine if much of this turmoil converged where you lived – all at the same time – and directly affected your own family? That's the situation in the drama "American Pastoral" (R, 2:06). ..



Roosevelt Ward ( 2017-01-14 )

Its an OK first directorial debut!
 

This review is going to be short! This film is OK, there is not really much to it, its nothing bad but it doesn't have anything amazing. The performances across the board are fine, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning are all decent. There is good chemistry between all of them, whether it be tension between Connelly and Fanning or love between McGregor and Fanning. It think this film was crying out for one of them just to stand out but it never happened which is a shame, they were all just there. There is nothing wrong with the performances they are just all alright, no standouts. Next the directing is good from first time director Ewan McGregor, its a solid start to his career in directing. Its a industry standard sought of film with no ground breaking shots/camera work or cinematography, but it is a solid first attempt. I would personally be interested in whatever McGregor decides to director next, because this film seemed a safe option. Negatives, very slowly paced. The film is extremely slow, which made believe that there was going to be some big twist which never came. I think to have a change of pace they could should more the bombings in the film, instead of the characters talking about them but that was probably due to the budget of the film. The story is just a bit boring and quite thin, there is a only about 1 to 2 layers to this film. They could made this film much more complex and interesting by incorporating multiple story elements that they hint at, like the Vietnam war. Instead they just relied on the story between the characters which was not riveting in any way and was quite dull, such a shame. All in all this film had some much potential which it never really meets, it has decent performances but the story and the pacing of this film really let it down, 50% out of 100 Im personally on the fence about this film its positives and negative balance out just. Its just OK!



Janet Chambers ( 2017-03-07 )

A psychological family drama? a missing person crime thriller? both?
 

"American Pastoral" (2016 release; 108 min.) brings the story of the Levov family. As the movie opens, we get to know Seymour "Swede" Levov, who seemingly wins at every thing, including when he returns after WWII the girl of his dreams, Dawn, a nice Catholic girl, Seymour's dad almost railroads the marriage, as they are Jewish, but Dawn manages to convince him otherwise. A few years later, Seymour and Dawn have a wonderful little girl named Merry. Only there is a problem: Merry stutters, for reasons unknown. When Merry reaches age 16, and the anti-Vietnam was movement in full swing, Merry turns against her family and disappears... What becomes of Merry? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. ..



Danielle Stewart ( 2017-03-21 )

"American Pastoral" Captures the Vietnam War Era
 

With the 2016 Presidential Election from Hell, mercifully, running out of gas, there's a new movie out that reminds us that things could always be worse. "American Pastoral," a film about the turbulent-Vietnam War era, reveals in suspense-filled details the conflict's damning effects on one, middle-class family. ..



Guy Wilson ( 2017-01-24 )

A deep reflection for parents (and more)
 

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Bobby Phelps ( 2017-02-01 )

Powerful and moving American tragedy
 

The deep emotions that "American Pastorale" triggered in me will not be forgotten easily. And all parents will most probably feel the same. Who has not fear, as a dedicated parent, the fear of misleading his or her child? Of not providing the nutritive space for growing healthy and into a serene adulthood? The face of the extraordinary actress Dakota expressed that feared vision a parent never would like to see. And I felt scared. I saw this black film in Kuwait, and even censored, stripped off of nudity and sexual-related scenes, it still conveyed such a powerful story that I ended up crying, not for an excessive sentimental mood, but for fear and closeness to a real-life situation that can happen to any family in any country. Magistral storytelling, dark, but so human. Sad. Touching.



Claire Walker ( 2017-04-15 )

leaves a bit to be desired
 

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Elena Wood ( 2017-03-09 )

This is not a film about the 60s. Explanation..Do not read if you have not seen the film.
 

Highly recommend this very well made and acted tragedy from Philip Roth's novel. A non Jewish looking star athlete (Ewan Macgregor) marries a beautiful non Jewish beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly). They should have the American Jewish dream come true happy life but their daughter (Dakota Fanning) grows up a radical in the 60s and their dream turns into a nightmare. The second Philip Roth novel on screen this year after the excellent Indignation. It's beautifully filmed has many powerful tragic scenes and the acting is top notch by all. Ewan after a strange young makeup scene is good, restrained enough to make the powerful moments more meaningful. Jennifer looks slim and beautiful and as she has in the past is good at acting sad - she has a well acted scene in the hospital. Wish she would act more - she is a stunning beauty still and a terrific actress. Dakota acts the hateful rebellious teen well. She is suited for it though the stuttering is a bit overdone. The hateful accomplice from the Following is just as despicable. Ewan does a fine job directing - I didn't even think of it as a famous actor directing. The story does effectively show parent's pain and it's still relevant today with radicals out there. Liked the jabs at therapists and the wrong assumptions of the radicals. It's so great that good dramas are making their way to the big screen again.



Penny Mclaughlin ( 2017-03-03 )

Really is a radical ordinary story.
 

Ethnic casting is a slippery slope, with the danger of confirming cruel stereotypes. The biggest problem with American Pastoral is that screenwriter and McGregor don't grasp Roth's universe, with the casting missteps foreshadowing flat performances. Obviously correct ethnic casting guarantees nothing special. Translating Philp Roth's novel to the screen is always daunting but with American Pastoral, it's probably not doable at all, mainly because the novel's complex narrative emerges from multiple perspectives, each shaped by the distorting lens of imagination. The ambiance only is original but overall the movie doesn't work.



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