“Sideways” is an attractive movie, but it is shot with a realistic eye — the California wine country looks great, but this is not an “eye candy” movie like “Under the Tuscan Sun,” which looked sumptuous but had little else to offer.
I realize this movie has come and gone but over the last year I’ve really grown to love it and after reading some of the reviews that this movie was so poor I felt compelled to give my opinion.First, what’s with the “boring” film thing, if you want exciting I don’t know, rent something that’s supposed to be exciting with explosions and Bruce Willis. Or if you find it morally ambiguous, consider what movies the director traditionally makes, Election, About Schmidt, these are somewhat dark, slow, depressing movies, rent something with Larry The Cable Guy if that’s your thing; point is a little research prevents bad movie choices.
At 28 what I like about this movie is that it recognizes that life is messy and complicated. Considering my limited life experience I recognize that getting older doesn’t automatically make someone perfect, responsible, and ethical. Cheating on spouses is not for me, but I’ve known couples (one of which many would describe as a good couple) who’ve cheated on each other. I’m not saying this is right but the point is I think people should be able to see some aspects of this story that are similar to their lives. Have you ever had a hard time getting over someone, or has one of your friends??? Ever know anyone who’s unable to admit about a problem or won’t admit they are in a rut?? I think lots of people feel like this, including myself; the point is there are those moments that give you hope. I’m speaking specifically about Miles in this movie, at one point in time he was much better, (though weak, he did cheat on his wife) Jack describes an entirely cheerier person. Miles reluctantly goes on this trip and is almost literally forced to recognize Mia as prospective relationship; this is ultimately positive, a reminder that opportunities for happiness are all around us if we choose to acknowledge that we are unhappy, in ruts, and are brave enough to follow them out. I know Miles does some despicable things, but somewhere he knows there is a person he wishes he could be, someone who does not just settle down, have a family, and eventually be married 50 years to their fat friend who they argue with constantly and live in there own worlds of denial. I feel I have hope for people in general; I look at the characters in the movie and think they want to be happy and hopefully they deal with the problems in their life.
A. Wait says :
I really enjoyed this movie. It’s funny, awkward, and touching. It’s got a *great* ending. But certainly it’s not for everyone–this is a character-driven film–that is, the plot is about changes taking place within the characters’ emotions, relationships, and understandings of themselves. If you’re looking for high drama, big action, stunning cinematography–look elsewhere. But if you’re interested in a small-ish film about real-ish people, real-ish situations–and genuine humor, give sideways a try.
Carno Polo Says :
An excellent movie that is only marginally about wine. Yes we go through California’s wine country and learn a lot about Pinot Noir. But the movie by Alexander Payne is more about what we can do with ourselves and our lives with the hand we are dealt at birth and by chance. I identify very much with Miles, a not-so-good-looking but deep thinking fellow who is deeply passionate about what he loves, be it his lost ex-wife or Pinot Noir. But it is the Jacks of the world who have more fun: not so deep, not so careful, just happy go lucky types. The last scene of the movie leaves a door open to hope however: while Jack sinks unenthusiastically into his marriage, Miles finds the true love of his life.
“Sideways” is an attractive movie, but it is shot with a realistic eye — the California wine country looks great, but this is not an “eye candy” movie like “Under the Tuscan Sun,” which looked sumptuous but had little else to offer. “Sideways” gets the balance of visuals and substance just right – one can easily imagine Miles liking his own movie, and that is high praise.