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: 8.2
Director: Lulu Wang
Stars: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 13 out of 69 found boring (18.84%)

One-line Reviews (36)

Nice little boring movie .

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.

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

This was such an unnecessary waste of time.

Save your money.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Boring .

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

The approach is suspenseful and the message is heartwarming.

Which is something I found fascinating in this film.

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.

Save your money and time.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

OK in places, but overall, pretty 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.

This movie was a total pointless bore.

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

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

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

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.

However, it seems slow paced scene in the movie.

Life is in the surprise, the unexpected.