Friday, May 1, 2009

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999)

Orphanage comes to rescue the problem of unwanted babies for young women. And so does the doctors who do surgery of abortion. Based on the novel of John Irving this film raises a very pertinent question of unwanted pregnancy in most humanistic way. How morally fair deal is a big question but Lasse Hallstrom handles the theme with much dramatic effect.

The film is sensitive drama about how far a young man travels to find the place where he truly belongs. Dr. Larch (Michael Caine) is giving honorary service to an orphanage & solves the problem of unwanted babies & turned them into wanted babies. Homer (Tobey Maguire) is one of the young orphan & very close to the Doctor. While Dr. Larche noticed his skills of surgery & wanted him to be his successor. But Homer wanted to explore the world with his own experience & started working in an apple orchard. He fell in love with Candy (Charlize Theron) & learned new lessons about life, love & home.

Michael Caine always remains wonderful supporting actor & Academy honored him for his touchy performance in this film. The film has good humanitarian & moral story to tell but its too cold film to bear; too slow, too long, too dramatic & so it surely has many moments to bore you. The editing is little shoddy & performances are quite average except Caine. The major flaw of the film is its failure in heightening the emotions with the characters beyond certain fixed points.

Watch only if you bear too emotional stuff.

Ratings-6/10

2 comments:

Vikram said...

I feel you have been a little too harsh on rating this gem Hiren bhai. Somehow I really liked this film. I agree with you that the performances (especially that of Tobey Maguire) wasn't up to the mark but the overall fell of the movie was quite good.
I agree that it just as well may bore you in some parts but it really has it's delightful moments.

HIREN DAVE said...

dear vikram...actually the pace of the film is real problem and i some what corroborate with your view because many critics considered it one of the finest humanitarian film of that year...will watch it again some fine day in relax mood..