The Farewell (2019) - Comedy, Drama

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A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: Lulu Wang
Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 22 out of 104 found boring (21.15%)

One-line Reviews (55)

shallow, weak and cliché .

It is a good quality movie, but it is also a very boring movie, especially for a movie that is under two hours in duration.

This was such an unnecessary waste of time.

There's no plot, no laughs, no truth and no artistry.

It's fascinating to see how director Wang explores Chinese family dynamics while also exploring cultural differences - never offering judgment on right and wrong.

Sounds like 200-proof stupidity, but you find me an action film that's as inspired, gripping and affecting.

Which is something I found fascinating in this film.

It's stunning.

However, the burden of this lie is heavy and conflicts, confusion and misunderstandings soon occur.

8 "Pathetique"; a karaoke version of "Killing Me Softly"; and a hugely entertaining Chinese version of Niilson's "Without You" over the end titles.

Life is in the surprise, the unexpected.

Awkwafina shows her solid acting chops in a slow paced film .

So glad I did, this was really an enjoyable movie.

Save your money and time.

The piece isn't always riveting, or ever conventionally exciting, but it's always enjoyable and often emotionally resonant.

It's just that this exceptionally entertaining and instructive treatise on family unity in China makes me even more certain that I love the Chinese despite the trade war.

While the film is well-paced and the juxtaposition of the various scenes of the family attempting to conceal information about Nai Nai's expected fate never seems problematic, it also begins to make the story seem a bit more contrived.

Quite Charming, Quite Slow & Quite Entertaining.

Nice little boring movie .

The transition scenes where characters are traveling or having a thoughtful moment are incredibly tranquil and stunning.

The fact that this is an actual things that goes on is kind of odd, seeing as most people usually know when doctors have given the information, but this "based on a true lie" as the film states, and it really did make for an emotionally compelling narrative.

Writer-director Lulu Wang's movie is of a piece with these two, with some very entertaining performances, and insight into what family means to people who are forced to be apart.

Very disappointed, I laughed 1 time otherwise that it was boring.

There are, in reality, so many things to talk, or at least to hint, about: Cultural Revolution the grandmother certainly went through, the Tiananmen Square protests that the parents possibly experienced, first-gen immigrant experience, identity confusion of Billi, just to name a few.

I know this is supposed to be some kind of important movie dealing with a serious topic but I just found myself really bored and un-engaged.

It is very boring and I feel extremely misled by the trailer.

The plot is rather mundane, we're never given much of a reason to care about any of the characters, and the dialogue is pedestrian, at best.

I highly recommend it.

This is one of the fascinating surprises of "The Farewell" in its acquiescence to old-world values in subtle ways.

I had a high anticipation for this movie, because I love the main actress Awkwafina and I also like other good actors and actress, however, the script was so lifeless, and without meanings, except some cliche, therefore, those who acted in this movie, all like mannequins without souls and life and contents.


Boring .

The film does a good job at comparing the differences in values and society between the West and China, but I feel that the fact that the plot gets somewhat more contrived as it goes on ends up mildly harming the impact that such commentary on cultural differences could have had in the film.

That being said, the film provides a ride that is absolutely worth watching.

Sweet but boring .

This is a bloated bore that shrinks from multiple opportunities to turn the tale in a direction, ANY direction, let alone a dramatically fruitful one.

I actually walked out after 2/3's of the movie, as I couldn't take a minute more.

Kinda boring in parts, couldn't get "into" the film with the family, poor cinematography, and blah acting from some.

This story could've been told in two minutes and it was so slow and painful to sit there and it was pointless.

This movie was a total pointless bore.

I REALLY wanted to like this movie but as the film dragged on, I started realizing it had no point and nothing to say.

OK in places, but overall, pretty boring.

It was slow, very little happened, and the emotional situations seemed forced, so this movie is not for everyone and is instantly forgettable.

Absolutely incredibly stunning.

However, the movie has such a warmth and positivity that made the story very enjoyable.

However, it seems slow paced scene in the movie.

8/10 - Awkwafina proves she has what it takes to star in dramatic films while offering a unique and entertaining look at Chinese culture

The very concept of keeping a terminal illness a secret from the one that is ill was fascinating to me.

So, even though I feel the film is cliche in some parts, and hence my 8/10 rating, it will always have a unique place for me personally.

Extremely boring, slowly paced, and what would have been a lovely half-hour documentary absolutely doesn't work for a full length movie.

The approach is suspenseful and the message is heartwarming.

However, it is also simple and repetitive to the point that you'll be looking at your watch every so often wondering how much time has passed since the last time you looked.

It becomes very repetitive that the movie keeps pounding it into your brain that Nai Nai does not have long to live and how it is affecting the emotions of her family members while it does not affect her at all since she is ignorant to the fact she has cancer.

Save your money.

Anyway, with that out of the way, I'd like to suggest to you that The Farewell was a bit slow and at times, it was unsatisfying.