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HTF Blu-ray Review: SOLITARY MAN



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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 04 2010 - 10:39 AM


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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted September 08 2010 - 04:57 AM

I hadn't really heard of this.  I'm a big Michael Douglas fan and based on your review it looks like he really shines in this part so I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

 

 

  a cut-rate Gordon Gekko who’s fallen on hard times

 

Why does this immediately bring an image of Michael Douglas with a Motorola "brick" cell phone up to his ear? 



#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted September 08 2010 - 05:08 AM

I watched this film during its theatrical run and will pass on this BRD.  I liked the film, but the motivation behind Douglas's mid-life crisis didn't work for me with  
today's medical advances
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#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 08 2010 - 05:30 AM

It's interesting that you recall it that way, Crawdaddy. I don't think you're alone. But in the film's final scene,
Ben tells his ex-wife that it wasn't really the medical issue. That was just the capper on something else that had been gathering below the surface for a number of years. Then Ben delivers a genuinely interesting speech (one that I confess I'd forgotten until I watched the film a second time) about how he felt whenever he walked into a room -- and how that experience changed as he got older. It's striking, because Ben seems to understand so well what set him off and where he went wrong. But then this really pretty girl walks by . . . 

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Posted September 08 2010 - 06:31 AM



Originally Posted by Michael Reuben [url=/forum/thread/303649/htf-blu-ray-review-solitary-man#post_3727330]



I remembered the scene, but something still doesn't feel right to me about Ben.

 

 

I can understand his desire to chase young women, but I would think his need to be the "man" again when it comes to making deals would be a stronger motivation for him than to sleep with every attractive young woman that walks his way which might compromise his position to be a dealmaker again. I mean, I think he would have a little restraint especially with him hitting rock bottom and serving food at his pal's diner.
 

 

 

 

 

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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 08 2010 - 07:31 AM

I agree there's something not "right" about Ben, but here's how I took it.
He'd come to realize that, no matter what he did -- no matter how disciplined, successful or accomplished he was in the world of business -- he would never again enjoy that sense of being King of the World he'd experienced as a young turk. That feeling passes as one ages, and it can't be recaptured the old-fashioned way, at least for Ben. The lack of a "clean bill" from his doctor was just the last straw, even though there was probably nothing seriously wrong (as Ben's continued survival suggests). So Ben went for something that gave him short bursts of the sensation he could no longer experience on a sustained basis.   It struck me on the second viewing that his behavior is similar, in many respects, to that of a drug addict.

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