Saturday, January 23, 2010

Enduring Love

Although I sometime find Daniel Craig's acting style a little bit wooden at times, I'm personally a fan of his. Besides, since the film is based on an acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan, it's hard not to have high expectations. Just to get to the bottom line, while the film is okay, it also has its share of flaws.

Joe (Daniel Craig), an accomplished writer and professor, picknicks with Claire (Samantha Morton), his girlfriend. While they see a balloon gone out of control, Joe and a few other men who were in the vicinities try to pull it down. However, since the balloon kept going up, all the men managed to jump down in time except one. By losing his grip on the balloon rope's that one man fell down and died. From that day on, Joe's life has gotten out of control. Besides, Jed (Rhys Ifans), another man involved in that day, seeks Joe. In fact, Jed looks for consolation and a way to make sense of this tragedy. However, as time goes by, Jed becomes more and more obsessed by Joe.

Honestly, Enduring Love isn't as good as we want it to be. Of course, the film certainly excels in its ability to capture the characters played by Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans in their daily life. This means that the film doesn't have much difficulty to show how the balloon accident affects the leading characters. While Joe and Claire try resume their life, Jed, on the other hand, believes that Joe can guide him. After all, Jed admires Joe's composure.

Nonetheless, the idea about Jed's search for consolation (coupled with his homosexuality) is thinly developped at the point that it hurts the other sub-plots involving Joe and Claire. Indeed, on this matter, the film superficially explores Joe's feelings for Claire (he questions the dominant idea of "love" in his works) and his perception of Jed. Hopefully, the ending astonishes us for it shows us how Joe wants to get Jed out of his life once and for all.

Finally, Enduring Love might not have a solid script. However, one can't complain about the cast's performance, since Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans do their best to work wonders with what they have.

Rating: 3/5

Origin:UK (2004)
Length:100 minutes
Genre:Psychological drama
Screenplay:Joe Penhall
Director:Roger Michell
Starring:Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans

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