New Release Review- Manglehorn, 2014

Available from the 2nd November on Virgin Movies, eir Vision Movies, TalkTalk Box Office, Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox, iTunes

David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn should not be missed. It’s a beautiful piece of cinema that deserves to be watched. Sure, it’s not fast paced and the plot is simple at best, but you just can’t help being sucked in by the wonderful cast of characters and the beautiful visual elements the film offers. With great lighting and surreal edits there’s a mood to this film that’s hard not to fall in love with. If you’ve got the time and patience for Manglehorn I highly recommend you give it a watch.

Manglehorn (Al Pacino) is a Texas key maker who spends most of his time looking after his cat and obsessing over a lost love. He is cynical at times, but mostly he is only plodding through life giving his son lectures on priorities while having very few of his own. At times it’s painfully awkward, Manglehorn just can’t help saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time, almost always. You’ll be squirming from the gracelessness of this character, yet somehow it makes the film only better to watch. When a new love comes in you gain some hope for old Manglehorn, of course he has to mess up  before happiness can be achieved.

Ultimately this film isn’t cynical, although it can be at times. It’s about starting over, starting again, and gaining happiness- even if it is late in life. It’s utterly absorbing, a film full of character, and strangely attractive in it’s simplicity.

4/5

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