Evelyn is a must see movie. Not only is it full of great, filmmaking details, and not
only does it have a historical and societal significance, it also shows
how Pierce Brosnan has
grown as an actor. Just watching him excel is exciting to watch.
Here are some examples of artistic
details: when a picture, image, dialogue, reinforces the main
point of a scene, character, or the movie itself.
- When Evelyn and the grandfather are
driving in the car to St. Joseph where Evelyn is to live with the
nuns, Evelyn sees the statue of Joseph holding the Christ child. She
points this out. This reinforces the theme of her own father who
will soon also hold her in his arms, bring her home and away from
the institution where she is an "orphan."
- Another great detail is when the
word, "Love," is mentioned at two significant times. The
first is when Aidan Quinn talks about it at the pub and the second
time is when Pierce Brosnan talks about it when he takes the stand
in court. Quinn and his companions treat the word
lightheartedly, in a pub. Pierce Brosnan treats it deeply in a
court of law.
- Also, when Evelyn gives her
testimony, the camera pans away from her and shows the entire court
room. Why? Because what she is talking about applies to
all, universally speaking.
Here are some examples of excellent
Pierce Brosnan scenes:
- The scene of Brosnan giving his testimony and defending himself is one of
those great scenes that can make or break a movie. In this
scene he is carrying the entire movie on his shoulders.
Brosnan carries it with flying colors. And Bruce Beresford
does an effective job of the lighting and camera angles.
- Another great Brosnan scene is when he is standing in the water telling the
solicitor and barrister of his ignored appointment. Brosnan
delivers his dialogue perfectly. It’s hard to
see how it could be better. It’s one of those moments where
it is his and his alone and he shines.
Quinn’s reaction, his close-up, is
so well done, after Brosnan delivers his speech with true passion and genuine
emotion. It is at this point that Quinn decides to take Pierce
Brosnan's or Desmond Doyle’s case.
- Scene where Brosnan loses his case in court and the kids go away again, and
he sits on the steps crying. The emotion here is genuine.
So with artistic details, human
significance, and universal truths, which are a must for great films, Evelyn delivers its message clearly, honestly and even humorously.
Evelyn is worth your time, not
only because it is rich in artistic details, but also because of a great
performance by Pierce
I like this movie. But don’t
take my word for it. Even Ebert
and Roeper give their two thumbs up.
Pierce Brosnan Index