THE PLOT THUS FAR
One couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is three movies at once. If you saw it in theaters, you saw the master cut that put both characters’ perspectives together. The “Her” cut is much stronger, as Jessica Chastain gets more to work with, as a woman trying to find what she wants in a relationship. James McAvoy’s side gets material to play with, but everything he does is fairly standard. Maybe gender influences the way each part is viewed, but it helps to shape a rather interesting perspective.
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain should’ve received more attention for their work on this film. While the romantic stuff is fun, it’s so hard to watch their relationship fall apart. It doesn’t break up in the way that popular fiction has trained viewers to accept, but it breaks apart in terms that any person can understand. Fights over nothing, passive dismissals of matters that should have equal importance on both sides. Pet peeves and personal issues all coming together to break apart people that should’ve worked well together. The movie ends in so much sadness that I can now see why it probably put more people off watching it. Maybe, they thought it was a Beatles flick. People are dumb and I’m not going to waste my time figuring them out.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Q&A featurette and the Him and Her individual cuts of the film as the special features. The A/V Quality is consistent across all three cuts of the film. The 1080p transfer does what it can with a quiet drama. But, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track keeps all channels pumping. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 02/03/2015