To me, this movie is perfection.
That was an excellent one.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
As in the title i was surprised with this film, the reason i watched it is because i see so many homeless people in my home city of Glasgow and at times i try and help homeless people i find while on my way home with the odd king rib supper or whatever food i can get for these people who live on the streets...The film itself was very dark, slow and strange at times but i suppose that is exactly what the movie was supposed to be, to live on the streets with no fixed abode must be horrendous to say the least and i cant even imagine how that feels unless i was in their situation so the movie should be dark and slow considering a night on the pavement is probably on the cards.I have also not watched that many movies with Richard Gere but i have to say i think he nailed this, i barely recognised him in some scenes even though i knew it was Richard Gere, without makeup and the hat he wore was a great disguise on most scenes and ofcourse is normal for homeless people to wear i suppose all year round, as the film entered the the last scenes i started to think that things were done in real time without the aid off extras and other stupid film making costs which i think was a great touch and further reading it looks like my instincts were correct because as i read Richard Gere was mistaken for a homeless person and offered pizza by a generous passer by during filming. Good film, and not only that a descent ending which can be difficult in film making.7/10
"Cause...normally, it's...you know, the parents takes care of the kid. Not really the other way around." After watching "Time out of mind" I felt pity and at the same time a kind of relief coming over me. I pitied George who tries to escape the cold daily by hiding in the waiting room of a hospital or just riding the subway through New York. Pity because he always has to find himself a new coat to withstand the freezing cold because he traded his last one in a pawnshop for a bit of cash again. Pity because usually this money is needed to buy some cheap alcohol. Pity because it's difficult for homeless people to pick up the thread again or to be in order with the bureaucratic whirligig. And in addition, I felt this relief because I'm not living in such a hopeless situation and I don't need to struggle for survival all the time. Relieved because I do possess what these homeless people are missing.My greatest admiration goes out to Richard Gere who succeeded seemingly effortlessly in changing into a person who's standing on the precipice of society. Despite George's unshaven and scruffy appearance, you still can catch a glimpse of Gere's good looks and seductive gaze at times. Even the social assistant who interviews him notices that. But Gere wasn't the most obvious choice in my opinion. It's the most contrarian part he could play, compared to his previous acting. George is the opposite of the characters he played in "American Gigolo" and "Pretty Woman". As Gere himself in real life, these characters are wealthy and without deficiencies. And still Gere manages to come across as the poor man who can't find a way out of the vicious circle he finds himself in. In other words, I'm starting to like the actor Gere more and more. Maybe it has to do with his age. Just like in "The Benefactor" it's not an obvious role or something to get credits for in an easy way. The only weak point in "The Benefactor" was the story on its own. Gere's acting on the other hand was sublime and admirable.The story may seem rather long-winded, with a lot of boring intervals. However, it felt like the image sought to include George's everyday life. A useless existence with many moments where he's observing things expressionless, dozing off once and a while and patiently waiting until he can return to the safe city center for the homeless. Not that George stays there with conviction and pleasure. In his eyes, this is probably the low point in his sad life and he tried to avoid it as long as possible. The New York city life serves as a soundtrack. Bits of music you can hear from a random bar, followed by a random conversation held by a stranger on the phone or the loud music from a passing car. And this interspersed with images taken from afar out of different angles where we see George as a key figure in the center of this cacophony. A symbolic image that shows how insignificant he is as a person in this metropolis.You can hardly call this movie a real crowd puller. And many who saw it, will probably claim that it's slow and monotonous. And although that was also my first impression, the film gradually fascinated me more and more. It's been a long time since I enjoyed an interaction between two totally different people like the one here with George and Dixon (Ben Vereen), an ancien among the homeless whose blabbering starts to annoy George from the beginning. Everyone will recognize Ben Vereen from a TV movie, but he was really unrecognizable in this movie. Although the attempt to pick up the thread again when it concerns his daughter Maggie (Jena Malone), this part of the story seems to become less important in relation to the larger whole. The way the movie ends seems simplistic and minimalistic. And yet the end fits perfectly with the rest of the film. "Time out of mind" at least impressed me.More reviews here : http://bit.ly/1KIdQMT
The idea of a film depicting the plight of the homeless people in America is a worthy sentiment but as a film not sure this particularly works. It is filmed from a far which gives a detached feeling, I think Richard Gere does pretty well depicting the lead George but I just did not engage, there is no back story of how he ended up like this or why his daughter hates him so much. This is done to maintain the detached feel of the movie as is the have heard conversations as he wanders around New York but it seems a long movie and I am not sure what so point they wished to make. Maybe it is the disgrace that America does not have universal health care like the British NHS or we need to care more for the homeless, not sure the movie fully works.
I admire what the film was trying to do, but all I got from it is that homelessness is a sad and unfortunate situation. I knew that before I watched the film; you don't need to take two hours to tell me that. I care about homelessness as a general issue, but if you're going to make me spend so much time with someone, then you need to give me a reason beyond his immediate circumstance to care about THIS particular person, and for all Gere's fine acting, I didn't feel that the film achieved that.Making a documentary about people who sleep rough would be so much more emotional than the cliché of Hollywood star being made to slum it, and trying to get us to buy into them reconnecting with their estranged family... All the innovative camera angles in the world can't disguise the thinness of the main story.