Fairhaven Movie Reviews
User reviews on Fairhaven
This is a drama about a former high school football star and one time college athlete, Jon who has landed back in the place of his youth - Fairhaven - a small fishing village on the Massachusetts coast. I like Indie films and I try to see them in the theaters in order to support the filmmakers and the actors, however sometimes these films are not worth my money, however I thought this film was. I liked the atmosphere that was created in the film and I thought the cast was brilliant. The film is very mellow and low-key so do not expect too much excitement. It is one of those films that stay with you for a long time and I recommend seeing it in the theaters.
I like the fact that this movie was set in a fishing town in New England since that's where I hail from and almost every movie or TV show these days is set in LA or New York (used to be that everything was set in New York back in the 90s and early 2000s, remember?). The story is sweet but kind of disturbing in a way that I wasn't expecting. It's about a group of three friends who are reunited after many years at a funeral. Nothing seems to have changed between the three of them and yet when they start digging into the nitty gritty of the last decade or so of their lives they realize that everything that changed. Chris Messina is really good in his role, though I kind of wanted to slap him a few times. Sarah Paulson is SO talented I cannot fathom why she isn't a bigger star. I think she has the looks and talent to be the next Julia Roberts. They need to give her bigger and better roles and projects. I love her to pieces!
If you've been watching the new Fox hit si. co"The Mindy Project" you have probably noticed that Chris Messina is The Man! He is super talented, good looking, and has killer comic timing. Until now, you probably know him best as the husband to Amy Adams's Julie in 'Julie & Julia'. But he's a lot more than that and he proves in this gem of a movie from writer/director Tom O'Brien that he has the range to play deeply afflicted characters as well as he plays witty and snarky guys in the usual comedies. The way he plays the bad boy in this movie makes you want to punch him in the face some of the time - but that's exactly right. This is a character that doesn't care about what others think and he's completely fine with being disliked. He lives on his own terms and knows that that doesn't always work out the way that we would like. He is a work in progress, and this movie is a work of obvious great passion.