Volume 95, Issue 18

Tuesday, October 2, 2001
 
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Grade-A, Canadian hardcore

Don't spend a dime or waste your time

Zoolander is Ben Stiller-iffic

An emotional trip to the Hearts In Atlantis

An emotional trip to the Hearts In Atlantis

Hearts In Atlantis
Staring:
Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis
Directed By: Scott Hicks

By Pandora Du
Gazette Writer

For an author best known for scaring people, it's worth noting Stephen King's most successful screen adaptations originated from his more traditional novels, such as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.

King's latest non-horror adaptation, Hearts in Atlantis, begins when successful, middle-aged photographer Bobby Garfield (David Morse) receives an old baseball glove left to him by a childhood friend, Sully (Will Rothhaar).

In order to attend Sully's funeral, Bobby returns to his hometown. Upon arriving, the familiar smell and setting bring back memories of the summer when he was 11-years-old. From there, the film moves into a flashback.

The summer begins with Bobby's birthday, a day forever marked by the arrival of Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins), who moves into the upstairs apartment of the boarding house where young Bobby (played by Anton Yelchin) lives with his self-absorbed mother, Liz (Hope Davis).

Bobby soon befriends Ted, who offers him $1 per week to read him the paper. However, it's not long before Bobby discovers there is more to his job than just reading newspapers. That's when a simple summer turns into an adventure and where Bobby learns to trust, forgive and look ahead to the future.

Hearts In Atlantis creates a suspenseful atmosphere by mixing supernatural elements with parental neglect and betrayal. However, it's also a warm film smartly directed by Shine director Scott Hicks.

Child actor Anton Yelchin plays his role wonderfully. He portrays the frustration between his self-obsessed mother and the struggle to keep his innocence quite well. However, there is little to say about the remaining cast, as Hopkins is unsurprisingly mediocre.

The majority of the picture focuses its efforts on the growing pains of a fatherless child. The ending seems incomplete and leaves the audience disturbed and saddened.

But as a whole, Hearts in Atlantis is an uplifting and heartwarming film, sure to impress the audience.


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