I was happy that this movie had refused to do what many recent movies have done in capitalizing on a soundtrack and trying to use or create hit pop songs in a movie. It could have been done with verisimilitude. It's clever and effective, and the contrast between the rap at the beginning and the song at the end not only frames the film but underscores the impact of the story, as it succinctly encapsulates the changes in Jamal's life. And after seeing this movie three weeks after the Academy Awards it makes it all the more shocking that 'Gladiator' won as I can't see how, in any way, it is better than this great film. Finding Forrester might strike you as intelligent if you've never picked up a book in your life, but think it might be nice to do so one day. Newcomer Rob Brown is as impressive as the Oscar-winning trio of Connery, Paquin, and Abraham.
Finding Forrester has an interesting commentary on our stereotypes. I'd heard a little about this movie before and entered into watching it merely expecting to see another of Sean Connery's typical Connery performances. For those who enjoy good dramatic performances and intriguing character studies, this film is not to be missed. In his motion picture debut, Brown takes the screen by storm; a storm that is at once gentle and discerning, yet endowed with a strength born of it's own momentum. Excellent supporting cast withstanding the best scenes in the film are the one on one interactions between Brown and Connery. His acting is fine, but his role as a teacher is so comically over the top in terms of being out to get his students and being pure evil that it just kills any authenticity this one has and is annoying to watch. The script could have found another way for Forrester to change his mind about helping Jamal.
The plot is mechanical and predictable and the characters aren't even vaguely convincing. Really, I was quite happy. Sean Connery reaches out to urban youth with his catch phrases. And that's really about 80% of Finding Forrester. All in all, while not The Great American Movie, it's a very good movie and well worth watching. A young ghetto kid with a talent for basketball and a bigger talent for writing meet in a rather peculiar fashion that I won't go into.
One of the surprises in the film is the great soundtrack. Reclusive writer Forrester has to come down and read it for everyone. As the journey as progressed closer to our destination, Finding Forrester's Books started to come into to focus. What if this secret wasn't yours to tell? You'll find Finding Forrester worth the effort. For nigh on two hours, I watched an often engrossing film. The relationship with Forrester Sean Connery is a thing of beauty, in large part because Connery is as usual wonderful.
This is a highly intelligent film with a strong story, steady direction and marvelous acting. He definitely gets points for squeezing out decent performances. That is the furthest statement from the truth. Van Sant gives Forrester's apartment a dark and dreary look from a color and lighting perspective, which is particularly effective. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that, he is a very good actor, but he always plays himself. The only one who can defend him is a man who has not left his apartment in decades.
Finding Forrester is a film with great potential, a fine cast, and some of the worst pacing I have ever seen in a movie. We are also introduced to a new actor that Van Sant discovered. In two scenes we hear people having sex off camera in the apartment next door , including sounds of a headboard banging against a wall and a woman moaning. Could Jamal have achieved equally good grades in his original school? Writing appears to be a selfish and lonely job. . It is unfortunate that such a gem of a movie has been roughened up by more than 40 obscenities and profanities. Considering this is Van Sant's first film since the terrible 'Psycho' remake he made a few years back he does very well.
That's the extent of racism's role in this movie. Problems which slowly reveal themselves and get shared and dealt with in the most natural of ways, again never falling foul of an emotion overload. Salinger coming out of his hideaway in New England on such a mission as Connery undertakes. Bookstores are becoming a rare thing and used bookstores even more so. Anyway Brown gets put through a ringer like Chris O'Donnell did in Scent Of A Woman. Jamal Wallace is a black highschool student living in the Bronx, New York.
He goes back to the flat and tries to get the man to help him further with his writing. He plays basketball perfectly, he is a role model son, incredible natural talent for writing, and, at age 16, he can quote by heart any novel ever written in English language. An underprivileged youth is discovered by a reclusive genius and is shepherded to his full potential. Murray Abraham and then submits for a literary competition a piece which unintentionally plagiarises one of Forrester's works. Yes, it could definitely have been a better movie, but then again what movie can't you say that about? However, though there are a few corny moments, the story is refreshing compared to other movies currently in the theaters. The staff was friendly and helpful right from the start. Murray Abraham is fantastic as the haughty English teacher, who gets his just deserts.
I didn't think the directing was that bad. Though his seclusion has made him a mysterious figure to the 16-year old student, the author eventually befriends the boy, resulting in a relationship that will impact both of them for the rest of their lives. Starring Sean Connery Robert Brown Busta Rhymes. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes said he didn't care how many people had seen the dog with glowing teeth, it was time for tea, and he wasn't going anywhere. You believe in the characters, the acting is so natural and understated you are easily drawn into the movie and the characters lives, and it's hard to break free. Jamal Wallace Rob Brown is a 16-year-old star basketball player with a secret. I feel this is more likely about Harper Lee and her one and done before her Watchman novel was found near the end of her life.
I might even go so far as to wager that the Maynard experience in some way inspired Mike Rich when he wrote Finding Forrester minus of course the sexual relationship that existed between between Salinger and Maynard. There are ways that this story could have been told that would've been real, that would've been faithful to the true nature of an inner city urban youth trying to find a way to express himself, and to juxtapose it alongside, and then inject it into, the life of a J. His mentor, William Forester Sean Connery has spent decades in hiding for no realistic reason whatsoever, nor for a reason that one could ever sympathize with, or understand as serious. In this way it is a bit annoying that director and writer should be so uninterested in doing anything other than trudging out such obvious material. When Jamal enters a writing contest and uses one of Forrester's stories as inspiration, he is called out for plagiarism.