09 May 2007

Dying Young

Dying Young is a prime example of late 80s/early 90s drama.

Every scene is emotionally charged, every character is fraught with underlying, but far from hidden, pain and confusion, and every musical selection sounds like Kenny G. It’s not a bad film, far from it, but it does require a bit of suspended reality (as when Campbell Scott’s hair grown back almost immediately after his chemotherapy treatments). Julia Roberts looks lovely – so natural and feminine – unlike her current overly trimmed and narrow physique. Considering the high drama of the script, the acting is quite good and there are even a few scenes that are quite sad – but in true fairy tale fashion, they aren’t the final one.

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