Magic of Belle Isle Movie Reviews

Magic of Belle Isle

Magic of Belle Isle

Release Date: Jul 06, 2012

Genre: ComedyDrama

Rating: (PG)

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  • 4
    I'll admit that this movie was kinda corny and predictable - but I still think it makes for a great viewing experience. Morgan Freeman rocks the house (he always does) as an alcoholic man bound to a wheelchair who has grown tired of life. He seems to just be waiting to die, until he comes to Belle Isle where he meets some other lost souls who need as much guidance as he does. He ends up offering them something that they already had but that they didn't know was within - and in the end he ends up helping himself by helping the others. It's a sweet movie with a ood message that I think everyone will be able to appreciate. I also hope that Morgan Freeman gets a lot of nominations for his performance because he's really quite amazing in it. I can't imagine any other actor playing such a difficult character and making him likeable. Only a truly great thespian could do what he has done in this movie from Rob Reiner.
  • 2
    Erm, ok. I guess I should like this movie because it has an uplifting message, but I think any afterschool special you've seen on PBS probably says the same thing that this movie "dares" to: that you should be grateful for what you have and not long for what you don't because that only leads to unhappiness. At least that's what I got from this. I only went because my boyfriend and his brother love Morgan Freeman ever since "The Shawshank Redemption" (one of the best movies ever, I agree) but this movie is neither here nor there. It plays it too safe and in the end it turns out to be a big pile of mush. I was expecting more from the movie since it could have been an attempt to better "The Bucket List" which I thought was also so-so (and which also starred Morgan Freeman and was directed by Rob Reiner) but the script and story are so whatever that I forgot the movie almost as soon as I got home. A big letdown. I wouldn't even rent it on DVD - just wait for the broadcast version.
  • 2
    Holy crap, Rob Reiner, what happened to you??!! It' been ages upon AGES since he's directed anything worth watching and I'm starting to wonder if his 80s hits like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Princess Bride" were just flukes or if his creative spirit has totally been spent now that he's pushing 60. This movie plays and feels like it was made for PAX TV or The Hallmark Channel - it's just so sentimental and so predictable, you just know the whole time that your emotions are being manipulated to make you cry as much as possible. I don't know about you, but when I know I'm being played, I tune out and I start to challenge whatever is being thrown my way. The only reason to see this movie is for Morgan Freeman who puts up a decent show, but even his natural charm can't save the movie form all out sappiness. It's so saccharine that you might get diabetes if you sit through the whole thing. Robby Reiner, what were you thinking??!
  • 5
    This is a great family movie that everyone should see with their kids and parents. I took my mom and my kids and we all loved it! It's a sweet, heartwarming story about an old man (played by the amazing Morgan Freeman) who has lost a lot of his joy but has retained a lot of wisdom, he just needs to learn how to balance the two. Morgan Freeman gives an amazing performance as the old man named Monte who was once a great writer but is now an alcoholic and is bound to a wheelchair. The story will make you grateful for what you have and not long for what you want, which is rare for a movie these days. I also loved the performance by Virginia Madsen who plays a single mom with three daughters who are addicted to their cell phones. Anyone with kids nowadays will relate to what she feels and will wish that you had a Monte in your life to make things easier. A really sweet and must-see movie.
  • 3
    I liked this movie a good deal but I thought it could have been a lot better if it weren't so sappy in some of its most pivotal moments. Sometimes it feels like you're watching a made for TV movie that should star anyone but Morgan Freeman. He plays an old curmudgeon who has lost his zest for life and who needs to learn to reconnect with his own sense of creativity and his love for people. It would have been a lot better if it weren't so schmaltzy so much of the time, though I think Morgan Freeman saves the movie by playing his role very well. He is one of those actors who can literally do anything and you won't mind hearing him read from the phone book. It was kind of odd to see him on screen with someone like Keenan Thompson (who plays his nephew) but I guess the director wanted to reach a wider audience. It's a sweet movie, but sometimes there is such a thing as too sweet.
  • 3
    I was looking for a film just like this one and I was so happy after seeing this movie. I think the film was beautiful and I recommend seeing it in the theaters. Some people will find this film to be cheesy but i think we all need some good emotions in our lives and this film definitely provides them. It is a peaceful film and there is no crazy action or heroes, the characters are well developed and highly likable, especially the dog named Spot. I thought that Morgan Freeman gave an excellent performance as well as Virginia Madsen and the young actresses who played the daughters. Overall, I had a great time watching this film and I think it is worth seeing in theaters.

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