Monday, April 13, 2009

Review: Henry Poole Is Here

I really enjoyed the way events unfolded in Henry Poole Is Here, and how I went from confusion to understanding about the main character - so I'm not going to say a whole lot here, for fear that I'd ruin this for you.

But, I will say that Henry Poole is a relatively simple film, yet one that was quite enjoyable and worth watching. At every step of the way it avoids getting preachy or beating you over the head with a set of views. Instead, it opts to lay out the facts and leave the conclusions for you to decide.

I know that's hardly a ringing endorsement - but in a movie that is supposed to deal with matters of miracles and faith, allowing the viewer the ability to decide how to interpret the events of the movie is no easy matter.

I give this film a 8.5/10.0 because while not being the perfect film, it was fun to watch and even more fun to think about after the fact.


  1. Anonymous10:36 PM

    I also liked the film. I watched it with my agnostic ten year old and my sophisticated wife. They both enjoyed it also. It took me a whole hour to find something in the blockbuster that my whole family could watch together and enjoy. The movie put my seven year daughter to sleep. The texture and content of my own faith have been challenged lately. And I enjoyed watching a movie about a man who questioned the authority of religious practices.

  2. Anonymous -

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    You actually triggered another observation - it's interesting how the movie teases apart faith and organized religion from each other.

    Hmmm, more to think on.