Is Anybody There? (2009) United Kingdom
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Director:John Crowley
Writer:Peter Harness
Rating:3.5 (2 votes)
Rated:Suitable for 12 years and over
Date Added:2010-02-01
Purchased On:2010-02-01
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:DTS HD 5.1
John Crowley  ...  (Director)
Peter Harness  ...  (Writer)
Michael Caine  ...  
Bill Milner  ...  
David Morrissey  ...  
Anne-Marie Duff  ...  
Summary: This is a lovely little film which is lifted from being just nice and fluffy by the wonderful Michael Caine. It's about a friendship between an old man and a young boy who's obsessed with what happens to people after they die. This is a touching, well made movie, although it takes a bit of time to get going; the first 20 minutes or so seem a bit of a mess, while an attempt is made to establish all the characters and a back story; which for a film that clocks in at little over 90 minutes is a bit excessive. This isn't a film that's probably ever going to change anyone's life, but for an hour or so it will make you feel happy, sad, cry, laugh and maybe value life a little more. There are some genuinely emotionally powerful moments in it and its subject matter and Michael Caine's portrayal of his character prevent it from being the lightweight `eccentric British comedy' it could easily have turned out to be. (My mother died less than a year ago, so perhaps I'm still a bit sensitive to seeing old people in homes, dying and becoming senile.) It has Leslie Phillips in it too, who, playing exactly the same character as he does in every film he's ever been in, appears to look much the same as he used to in black and white in the 1960s. (Except now in colour, obviously). He also gets to deliver the funniest line. This is a film well worth watching, probably best with someone you care for, (which for someone like me with no friends is a bit difficult). Despite there being one scene with a cat in it, Penny (my cat) steadfastly refused to watch any part of it, instead sitting with her back to the screen the whole time. So it's unfortunately not a great film to put on if you have a group of cats to entertain.