Michael Douglas, Susan Saradon, Danny DeVito, Jesse Eisenberg and Jenna Fischer.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance.
Question: Are there characters out there that you love to hate or not like very much? It is usually fun to root for their failure or for their realization that they need to change, right?
Well, Michael Douglas' character in Solitary Man is that type of character. His sayings, actions along with his overall selfishness are right there in that category of “love to hate” and could have made this a good film. But I believe the film makers purposely decided not to take the normal route for telling the main character's story. I am just not sure if I liked the approach.
It is listed as a comedy and a romance movie but I would not call this either - at least, not in the normal sense. It definitely started out light - well sort of, but then I just became a little irritated at the character and the lack of self-awareness as the story progressed. But I believe that was the film makers’ intention.
Michael Douglas pulled off a great performance but the other characters weren't given much to go on. It seemed a little unbalanced. Plus, the ending was good and not the norm - which is so refreshing sometimes - but I am not sure worked overall.
Favorite thing: I admit I did love to hate the main character. That was easy.
Least favorite: The reason the character was the way he was. Kind of lame.
Possibility of a sequel? No.
Did the previews ruin it? No, not at all. It made me want to see it. Never saw the previews in the theatre but did in some of the independent films I have rented.
Length: 90 minutes
Review: 4 out of 10
Solitary Man - DVD
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