Movie Review: The Grand Seduction

Detail from IMDB:

TheGrandSeduction

The Grand Seduction (2013)

113 min  -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.5/10 from 419 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 11 user | 36 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray … See full summary »

Director:

Don McKellar

Writers:

Michael Dowse, Ken Scott

Stars:

Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban | See full cast and crew »

Initial thoughts:

I make an effort to see every movie made here in Newfoundland while it’s in theaters (that means I’ve seen some bad ones like “Stoner FM”). Usually there are worthwhile and I had heard good things about this one, so with some time in a different city (Corner Brook to be precise) myself and my Mom went to see this (first time I had seen a movie with her in 20+ years).

Main Points:

I probably would have seen this movie even if it wasn’t set in Newfoundland as I quite like Brendan Gleeson and of course the best actor from Newfoundland, Gordon Pinsent. While this is a remake of a French film they certainly do a good job to show the way of life in Newfoundland for some small communities and our friendly nature.

The scenery is beautiful (it’s Newfoundland after all!) and the acting is good all around. It’s a nice little story (with some crazy/silly/unrealistic parts) and is very funny. I found myself laughing out loud lots of times and constantly try to figure out where it was filmed (this probably won’t happen for a lot of people who watch it who aren’t from Newfoundland).

It’s been said that any Canadian film has a certain look to it, it looks just a little bit amateurish but such is not the case here. With Kitsch and Gleeson on-board this movie has the same production values as any Hollywood movie (which is nice to see).

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this movie. It has some flaws of course, the ending is a little bit predictable and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend seeing it with your parents (or a small child due to a couple of mild sex scenes), I give it a strong 8/10 and a hearty recommendation to anyone else seeing it. If you’re from Newfoundland you’ll probably enjoy this movie the most but I’m sure anyone else will like it to. See it if you can before it’s gone, you won’t regret it.

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