Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) - Drama

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A fading Hollywood star looks back at the days of his youth as he returns home from his best friend's funeral.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Baillie Walsh
Stars: Daniel Craig, Harry Eden
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 64 found boring (15.62%)

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As a one part redemptive text; one part stark and frank coming of age tale and one part sociological commentary on the ins and outs of the hollowness of Hollywood, Flashbacks of a Fool cuts to the bone in its effectiveness.

Evocative sums it up for me.

But hormones rule and Joe is an easy prey for his married next door neighbor: during one of their trysts a tragedy occurs that results in Joe's fleeing home for the 'successful' yet empty life he finds in Hollywood.

Now what this gem of a movie does is carefully and meticulously unravel the story of a troubled man in this very situation, dealing with the daemons of his past, the spontaneous difficult decisions he had to make as a boy which has carved this stone cold embodiment of a man on the edge of existence.

Seldom have i seen so many stunning acting displays in one film and special mention must go to Harry Eden who plays a young Joe Scot and Claire Forlani who plays Ruth Davies and Daniel Craig is superb too, in fact all three's performances had me close to tears.

Unfortunately everything that goes before and comes afterwards is generally dull and unconvincing, verging at times on the preposterous.

By the end all semblance of credibility is lost - instead of coming home the wayward actor seems to have wandered into the valley of the dolls, such is the unnatural knockout beauty that all the women seem to have attained during his prolonged absence, and yet the screenplay achieves the singular feat at this point of being more boring than a random unedited slice of an average person's daily life.

Heartbreaking and life reflecting, but dragged down too much by the middle portion .

Daniel CRAIG was stunning in the role, and brought it to life by showing us something we haven't seen in him too often - the sadder/nastier character - although his physique was maybe a little too perfect to make the decadent, fast living, hedonistic junkie completely believable - although I will forgive him for this!

Craigs character, whilst shown at the beginning as a self-obsessed, over indulgent movie star never redeems himself throughout the movie, which I imagine was meant to be the reason for the two hours of tiresome clichés.

The attention to detail is exciting - vinyl LP covers, the old stereo record players, decadent decor with white shag pile rugs.

The film is slow to begin with...

It was so engrossing, I honestly didn't want it to finish.

The problem here is the script which takes way too long to get going.

He was stunning on screen and oozed fragility.

This pretentious load of rubbish was a complete waste of acting ability.

It also has certain nudity of Craig (absolutely unnecessary) & boring moments as well.

Its a cliché tale thats been done before in one way or another.

He was stunning on screen and oozed fragility.

If I'm honest I think that maybe too much attention was paid to the cinematography of the piece and that maybe Baillie Walsh's previous career directions affected the finished article - the opening sequence was more like Tales of the Unexpected than a feature film and I think a couple of the songs were overused, thereby lessening their effect.

I think I am a fool to watch this dull and boring film.

Scott's life is, despite being full of certain things, ultimately empty; his attitude positively narcissistic with his habits eerily hedonistic.

The pacing is ultra slow, and even after 1.5 hours I am still wondering what the film is exactly about.

Daniel Craig plays Joe Scott, the aforementioned actor and titular fool, whom we see for the first time engaging in a coke and alcohol fuelled sex binge with two other women within his luxurious L.

personally enjoyed it.

Taking its time to develop rounded characters that stay within the confines of real life whilst managing to retain a sense of compelling relevancy, the feature tells a story that most audiences should be able to take something from.

Daniel Craig is Joe Scott, a Hollywood star who ruined his career as a self indulgent fool in drugs, sex, alcohol & pathetic behavior.

Stunning .

Sure it sometimes moves at a snail's pace, and suffers from an extremely incoherent third act, yet despite the movie's biggest problems, it's the things that Walsh does right that makes Flashbacks such an enjoyable drama for anyone that likes to explore the darker sides of human desire.

Even a fan of this film should be able see why some might find it slow and slightly dull, as it does rely on the viewer sharing in a sense of glory in the mystical power of great records, the tragic romance of nostalgia and regret, and the theme of washed-up stardom.

Daniel CRAIG was stunning in the role, and brought it to life by showing us something we haven't seen in him too often - the sadder/nastier character - although his physique was maybe a little too perfect to make the decadent, fast living, hedonistic junkie completely believable - although I will forgive him for this!

One was "Gregory's girl" and the other was a stunning little movie called "P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang" .

This film is beautifully shot and looks stunning both on the east coast of America and in countryside of England.

well worth watching.

This is perhaps the worst movie I have seen since Igby Goes Down.

Walsh should have taken lessons from Michael Mann in how he balanced intense human conflict, developing simultaneously with the tragic suicide of Jodhi May's character Alice in "Last of the Mohicans" to crescendo a remarkable, memorable story.

Begin to lop a dragon's tail off and he won't notice, not, that is until it begins to get perilously close to his actual body; herein lies our lead's scenario, and an event from the outside world coming to force him to identify this has the film eventually come to play out as a rather fascinating film.

Nevertheless, Craig plays his role well and is the only character afforded any development throughout the piece even despite the stunted nature of the pretentious, literal dialogue.

A simple, but highly compelling and emotive tale .

Saved by spectacular performances, and some gorgeous cinematography and stunning locations.

Other turns in the past are more convincing and engaging, which is a shame as they are smaller characters.

I started laughing right after the most intense scene happened: it was so badly implied and executed that my mind reacted by laughing.

The central character is Joe, who in his teen years is seduced by Evelyn, a bored, licentious housewife.

Daniel Craig commands the screen in a cliché story about an actor on the way down who gets word that a childhood friend has died, which of course spins him off into remembering what used to be.

I would definitely recommend this film, if you appreciate artistic cinema and naked flesh, but if you're after a gripping, eventful film, Flashbacks of a Fool is definitely worth avoiding.

Some of the dialogue is cringe-making and the tendency to turn on the formulaic swirling mushy musical score to buy some emotional involvement at the slightest hint of a poignant moment had the opposite of the intended effect.

Writer/director Baillie Walsh sets his story in opening frames of intense sexual, drug accompanied debauchery.

The script is woeful, the story pointless.

Detailing the paths of a young man and how he came to be the wasted, indulgent has-been that he is, Flashbacks is a simple, but highly compelling and emotive tale about humanity, our desires, choices and companions that travel with us along the way.

With some eventful appearances from Eve, Mark Strong and Gina Athans (see below) its worth watching just for the off chance the film incites some feeling in you lost by the bashing of hollywoods seasonal crap.