for Forever stars
Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) as Emma and
Tom Sturridge as Will. The pair had been best friends in childhood and
event that traumatized the young Will was only made a slightly more
through some encouraging words from Emma. The kids eventually went
and the story jumpstarts with Will as an adult in "love". Will is
Emma because he believes he is in love with her and he is determined
convinced that they are destined to be together forever. Some may find
ridiculously presented notion as romantic but in essence Will is a
follows Emma around to whatever city she currently resides in. They
spoken in so many years that it feels a bit creepy (and though some may
to the Will character as a harmless sap in love it is clear he suffers
some serious problems outside of mere romantic trouble).
an absolutely awful film from start to
finish. It's not always easy to, well, so easily dismiss a film
say that it's something unworthy of the time of others but this is a
example of a mind-numbingly terrible effort that manages to bring only
rather small, occasional laughs - all resulting from the film's
script and lukewarm direction and not at all related to the art and
fine filmmaking meant to provoke such reaction.
the funniest unintentional humor in the
film comes from the rather blatant rip-off material found within. This
story that rather poorly attempts to copy many of the events and
characteristics which are found on display in the classic
romantic-comedy gem Benny
& Joon (which, coincidentally, I also reviewed). The
attempts at copying
aspects from the film are so poorly veiled that it should insult anyone
remotely familiar with that Johnny Depp starring film favorite. This
some awkward and irritated laughter and that was perhaps one of the
of this film's lethargic experience. It managed to make me cringe in
new ways. Tom Sturridge is no Johnny Deep
screenwriter Steve Adams and Director James Keach don't seem to realize
can't recapture that kind of magic.
scenes in the film seem designed from a
completely unbelievable perspective and the effect is feeling that
nothing thrown at the
screen is even remotely genuine. Bilson actually stands out as one of
cast members who is genuinely trying to perform and help carry the
suppose that can be viewed as a strength considering she is a lead
all, but it is far from enough to make for a compelling or enjoyable
considering all of the many faults the film displays.
the film intends to pull on the heartstrings
of the audience and to sweep everyone into a warm and fuzzy glow of a
romantic story the film fails to evoke any true genuine emotions and
remotely close to being a genuinely heartfelt experience. Romantic
who don't care about quality are the only audience members who might
something redeeming about Waiting for Forever. Most viewers
female) will be left scratching their heads while wondering how this
managed to have actors as talented as Richard Jenkins and Blythe Danner
involved in the production in the first place (the pair performs the
weirdly-scripted roles of Emma's parents) and perhaps how such a
unoriginal and uninspired screenplay actually found its way into
for Forever is
presented on Blu-ray in its
original theatrical aspect ratio 1:85:1 in an AVC-encoded transfer that
an average bitrate of 25 MBPS. The 25 GB disc is large enough for the short 99 minute film to be preserved properly.
The transfer is clean and sharp, with strong color reproduction (even
colors that are sometimes a bit muted depending upon the scene). This is a
High Definition presentation: one that never wavers and is uniformly
The cinematography and framing of the film prevent it from ever being a
showstopper but for what it needs to be this transfer and release gets
done in the video department nicely.
5.1 Surround Sound DTS-HD Master Audio track is pleasant and works well
the film's equally impressive transfer. Music benefits the most from
to high-resolution audio - though the actual songs featured throughout
may leave something to be desired. The film isn't necessarily a sonic
and the surrounds are mainly used for some added ambiance and music
reproduction but it sounds clean, clear, and the dialogue is prominent.
subtitles are included for the deaf and hard of hearing. Spanish
the only other language option included on this release.
extras are present on this release whatsoever. Perhaps the film-makers
desire to discuss how much Benny &
Joon "inspired" them.
for Forever is
almost a chore of a movie to
sit through. The only thing that makes it even remotely watchable is
preposterous and poorly made the entire film is (which adds comedic
possibilities where none should be present). Rachel Bilson also
decent performance is an otherwise indecent film. Unless you enjoy
romance films with no genuine emotion and truly weird endings that
any logical real-world sense (if one chooses to evaluate the events and
characters in the film)
this is something to just miss. Skip It.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.