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: 7.8
Director: Lulu Wang
Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 34 out of 148 found boring (22.97%)

One-line Reviews (85)

The build-up of this movie was well-crafted, the first and the third act were amazingly crafted, but the second act kinda drag a little, it took a few turns that only made the movie longer, and some scenes dull, not the whole act though, but some of it made some unexpected choices.

I found it tedious and cold not wait for it to end.

Very moving and gripping tale.

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

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.

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

Entertaining and Surprising .

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.

Don't get me wrong, if you are the type of person that can sit and watch paint dry and get excited, you May like this nonsense.

Watching this movie feels like you magically became a fly and got stuck in flypaper at your boring neighbors' living room, being sentenced to witness the family's tedious chit chats about the most uninteresting topics while they go about their dull daily chores.

I found it tedious .


Nice little boring movie .

Which is something I found fascinating in this film.

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

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

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

The film had no plot.

Sweet but boring .

The pace is slow, the characters are nagging and the film is just not to interesting in general.

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

Absolutely incredibly stunning.

For such a short movie, it did feel a bit tedious by the end as nothing really beyond the basic paradox of helping your grandmother be happy by lying to her was developed.

Pointless interactions.

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

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

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

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

The approach is suspenseful and the message is heartwarming.

It's total propaganda, fully filtered and down your throat.

However, it's thenmovie to watch if you really want to cry or have intense moments of emotion.

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.

shallow, weak and cliché .

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.

Terrible waste of time.

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

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.

And it remains a smooth, engaging ride from start to finish.

OK in places, but overall, pretty boring.

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.

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.

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

Empty dialogues.

As well, there is the highly welcomed absence of stereotyped cliché, which is tantamount to talking to you in a refreshingly calm voice instead of yelling and shouting to get your attention.

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

Boring slow moving storyline .

A fairly entertaining film!

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

"The Farewell", directed by Lulu Wang, is a well-calibrated tearjerker with an unexpected happy ending, albeit a fluid one.

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.

I highly recommend it.

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.

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.

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.

Save your money.

Life is in the surprise, the unexpected.

It's a slow burner, low budget movie, the cast more than make that up with their performances.

Quite Charming, Quite Slow & Quite Entertaining.

This was such an unnecessary waste of time.

A huge disappointment, absolutely overrated and tedious .

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

Uncle Haibin played by Yongbo Jiang explains to Billi that in telling the lie the family are absorbing the burden of grief.

Boring .

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.

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 stunning.

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

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

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

It's a fascinating premise and based on a true story (or based on an actual lie, as the film puts it).

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

Both my mother and I were sorely disappointed and bored.

This movie was a total pointless bore.

Complete Waste of Time .

Very boring .

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

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

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.

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.

Dull and nothing special about it except a couple of scenes, almost felt nothing.

The screenplay is horrible, the dialog contrite and awkward, the acting pretentious and exaggerated, scenarios and plots boring and non-exist.

However, it seems slow paced scene in the movie.

Save your money and time.

Super boring, no real depth.