THE SENSE OF AN ENDING REVIEWED
“The Sense of an Ending” stumbles into the same claptrap that befalls many popular novel to film adaptations. It wants to dial up the intensity for a film audience, but it also really loves the book. The book is basically a bunch of British people banging each other and feeling bad about it over 30 years. This story also brings math into the equation, so you can solve complex formulas while trying to piece this one together. Naturally, this particular film didn’t make it past the Arthouse circuit in March.
Jim Broadbent and the guy playing his younger self turned in amazing performances. The same goes for Dockery, Rampling and Mortimer. It’s just that I felt like I was playing a game of elderly coital Clue while watching the movie. Who had sex with whom and when? The later meetings only serve to draw out a plot that doesn’t translate well from novel to film. I get the desire to make sense of a misspent youth, but it seems like Broadbent is the only character wanting to do. Everyone else takes their time appeasing an elderly man that just keeps bothering them. Send your parents out to see this one.
- 2.40:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1