ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – Z – Same Kind of Different Me (2017)

This has be selected for Z because of Renee Zellweger.

 

Director: Michael Carney

Writer: Michael Carney, Alexander Foard, Ron Hall (Screenplay) Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent (Book)

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight, Olivia Holt, Austin Filson

 

Plot: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Touching Drama

 

Story: Same Kind of Different as Me starts when international art dealer Ron Hall (Kinnear) gets caught out cheating on his wife Debbie (Zellweger), needing to make up for his mistake, he must help Debbie with her charity work at a homeless shelter, which includes helping Denver Moore (Hounsou) better known as suicide.

Ron ends up befriending Denver learning about his story, why he is like he is, learning that her work with the homeless makes her good fortune be placed into perspective and learns to give back to the world.

 

Thoughts on Same Kind of Different as Me

 

Characters – Ron Hall is an international art dealer, he only cares about himself and his family looking down on the people below him in the class system. When he makes a mistake by cheating on his wife, he must do everything to make it up to her, which includes helping in a homeless shelter, meeting homeless people learning about their stories, with Denver becoming his closest friend. Debbie is the wife of Ron, she admits the two have become distant, she helps out at the homeless shelter which see her bring him there to open his eyes to the world more, before facing her own battle. Denver is a homeless man that is aggressive towards anyone that tries to help him, it takes time for him to trust Ron, but once he does, he tells the incredible story that he has been through in life. Earl is the strict father that doesn’t like the new friendship with Denver.

PerformancesGreg Kinnear is great in the leading role, his character is filled with regret in life from his mistakes and wants to help make things right. Renee Zellweger shines in the supporting role too, with Djimon Hounsou proving to everyone just how strong of an actor he truly is.

StoryThe story follows the Hall family whose lives are turned upside after an affair, with the regret there, they do what they can to fix things, which sees them give up time to help people less fortunate than them, helping them put their lives back together and in Ron’s case, learn that everybody has a story from their lives. This is based on the real people and you can see just how much they helped change both sides of the lives for the best. This story does only seem to focus on one homeless man when it hints heavily early on that we might meet more people to learn their stories. It shows us the audience just how people who have fallen on hard times could have has normal lives before losing everything and just need helping back up again.

BiopicThis film uses the biopic genre to show just how difficult life has been for the Denver and how Ron needed to learn more about life and the best way to live his own.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the different life styles the people have, be it the casual rich person life or the homeless life being lived.


Scene of the Movie –
The story of Denver’s life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me One side story seems to get dropped quickly.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful drama that shows just how you need to learn to treat people equal no matter where they have come from or how they got there.

 

Overall: Wonderful drama.

Rating

 

 

Heaven is for Real (2014)

logoDirector: Randall Wallace

Writer: Randall Wallace, Chris Parker (Screenplay) Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent (Book ‘Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back’)

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Margo Martindale, Jacob Vargas

 

Plot: A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

 

Verdict: Touching Drama

 

Story: We follow a preacher whose family is struggling financial when his son suddenly his son becomes sick. After his son recovers he tales the story of how he had visited heaven. We follow as he questions everything he thought he knew as he learns more about his son’s story.

What makes this an amazing story is that it is based on the real account of the young boy. It also doesn’t try to force feed you religion which it could easily have done. This will leave you with that happy fuzzy feeling as it does leave you wondering what you want to believe. Even if you don’t believe in a religious figure you will like the idea of the unexplained during a new death experience. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Greg Kinnear: Todd Burpo local preacher, fireman, gym teacher and father whose starting to lose his faith after suffering health issue and after his son gets sick. When his son starts telling him about his trip to heaven he is left to question even more but will he let his faith take over. Good performance from Greg who manages to give us enough to question through his decision as the film unfolds. (8/10)

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Kelly Reilly: Sonja Burpo wife and mother who has to worry about the bills and her family’s health. She tries to be the voice of reason until she gets swayed. Good performance as the wife supporting everything no matter how hard things are getting. (7/10)

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Connor Corum: Colton Burpo the young boy who has the experience and ends up shocking his family with his tale of heaven and all its wonders. Good performance from the young boy who manages to convince of with his childhood innocents. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Comprised with family and friends who joined together to support the family in their time off need. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Randall Wallace – Creates a nice adaptation of a tale of what you want to believe with the afterlife. (7/10)

 

Drama: Great usage of the drama side of the story as we follow all the real emotions the characters are feeling after each event. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well to carry on the story with all the location being very real everyday places for the family. (8/10)

Suggestion: It is always good to enjoy a film where you question what you want to believe and this is being based on a true event makes it all the more interesting, but if you are not a fan of that type of film you might find this hard to watch. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Heaven is beautifully created.

Worst Part: Could be seen to be religious film.

Funniest Scene: What Colton asks the angels to sing.

Believability: The story is based on a real event, but whether it really happened is up to you. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $101 Million

Budget: $12 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Unlock the mystery

 

Overall: Solid Drama About Faith

Rating 73