For Ellen Movie Reviews
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I thought this film was alright but i do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters, you can enjoy it better at the comfort of your home. The film was a bit too slow for my taste and I am not big on slow films. I also thought that the movie was a bit too literal and I wish the character development was a bit more detailed. I really liked Paul Dano was really great in this film and I was very impressed by him and his performance. Overall, it is an interesting film but it is not worth the price of a movie ticket.
Erm, not exactly sure how I feel about this movie. I was kind of shocked in the beginning as a parent that the main character could just consent to getting a divorce without even thinking about how it would affect him as a a parent. It's not until the judge grants custody of his daughter Ellen to his wife that he begins to realize that maybe there's more to life than just being rich and famous. I'm not sure that I bought that a character that's that selfish would just suddenly turn around and realize the error of his ways, but I guess there are more incredulous things in the movies. As a parent, I am constantly thinking about how everything I do and say will affect my kids, so it was admittedly difficult to watch such a selfish guy go from zero to 180 in such a short period of time. I guess we all get our wake up calls in one form or another - the trick is realizing that we actually have to wake up, which this character ultimately does. Is it too late though?
"For Ellen" tries - sometimes it tries really, really hard - but it doesn't succeed where it should as a narrative because the movie features characters that don't have much depth. They're basically cardboard cutouts except for the lead character Joby played by Paul Dano. He ends up getting a divorce thinking it will help free him to pursue his dream but he ends up losing custody of his daughter in the process. He ends up realizing that nothing is more important than his daughter . . . or is it? The movie doesn't offer any easy answers about the ambitions of an artist who wants to "make it" more than anything else. I know a lot of people like this in Hollywood and it rung true. The movie resists making any judgments on those who pursue fame and fortune at all costs. After all, many people abandon their children for a whole host of other reasons. This movie just shows one of them.
The real reason this movie works as well as it does is because it stars the inimitable and vastly undervalued Paul Dano. If you've seen him in any of his earlier work, whether it's his mostly indie projects or his more mainstream fare, he brings a credibility to every part that even so-called movie stars fail to do. He is simply superb in every role and I wish that Hollywood had enough guts or brains to make movies good enough for his talent. This movie is about a rocker played by Dano who craves fame and fortune above all else - so much so that he's willing to sign away his marriage if it means he can further fund his dreams. He also ends up losing his daughter in the process, though he does fight to get her back and learn a few important lessons along the way. She is "Ellen" of the title. It's an interesting movie, showing how struggling artists will do anything (or almost anything) to achieve their dreams.