The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Movie Review

The Magic of Belle Isle is a nice feel-good movie

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Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Guy Thomas, Rob Reiner (Screenplay)

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Emma Fuhrmann, Kenan Thompson, Nicolette Pierini

Plot: Monte Wildhorn, an alcoholic novelist of Westerns, has lost his drive. His nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom and her 3 girls who help him find the inspiration to write again.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Magic of Belle Isle starts as alcoholic novelist Monte Wildhorn (Freeman) has lost his motivation. With his nephew Henry (Thompson) sets him up in a summer home in Belle Isle, dog sitting.

His neighbours for the summer are Charlotte O’Neil (Madsen) and her three daughters Willow (Carroll), Finnegan (Fuhrmann) and Flora (Pierini). A family looking to find their next chapter in life, as Charlotte’s separation from the girl’s father. An unlikely friendship comes between the two families, as Monte looks to pass on life lesson to the young girls.

Thoughts on The Magic of Belle Isle

The Magic of Belle Isle is a re-coming-of-age tale, showing how it is never too late to learn the importance of finding a new meaning to life, even if it is hard to move on, showing the paths coming together for the people involved, as they look to find the next direction they are searching for.

This will give all the messages about how important life can be, how people can see their life change in a matter of moments, if they just take the time to pass on a good deed. This might be everything you would come to expect, without managing to reach the heights of others in the similar subject. The performances are great, with Morgan Freeman in the leading role, shining, while the young actresses bringing the three different girls to life, needing a little life lesson along the way.


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