Movies: "The Hours" ....whats it about anyway? didn't get it....

  1. Just finished reading the "Seen any good movies lately ?" thread.
    Regarding "The Hours", .........someone posted it was "the best movie I ever saw. "

    Someone else posted they "didn't get it."

    Several said it was really good.

    I fall in the "didn't get it" category. Saw it at the movies....
    Rented the DVD,..........watched it AGAIN, ................
    Still don't "get it"".

    Was there a message in there?
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  3. by   passing thru
    P.S. Don't read any further if you plan to see it and haven't........................................... .................................................


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    P.S. I watched it on DVD because in the entire movie.......
    there was ONE scene...................that I wanted to see again.

    It is when she is standing at the railway station depot, and
    telling her husband that he doesn't have a clue about her reality,
    and telling him to stop defining her reality.

    Was that close to what the movie / message is about?

    That was a marvelous scene....the epitome of acting in my book....
    she deserves an Oscar for that heart-wrenching explanation of
    how agonizingly painful her life is - day after day, after day, after day,....... the pain and hopelessness of it.
  4. by   Tweety
    I read the book when it came about a few years ago because I read another book by the author as well.

    The book is so much better than the movie IMO.

    I don't quite get it either.

    It tells the story of Virginia Wolfe's suicide, and her writing the book Mrs. Dalloway.

    Fast forward to 2003, there is a story (Meryl Streep) that parallels the story Mrs. Dalloway that Wolfe is writing.

    The middle story in the 50s, I'm not sure of. I know the character was somewhat moved by Ms. Wolfe's book and her child was the whose later life paralleled what Ms. Wolfe's book was about.

    I'm not making sense, I'm trying to make sense of it as I'm writing this post and I'm not helping. Sorry. LOL
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    I go to the movies (or rent them) for only one reason: I want 2 hours of escapism and enjoyment. I'll admit I haven't seen this particular one because it strikes me as one of those artsy-fartsy films that you have to work at understanding. I don't WANT to work at it, that's why it's supposed to be entertainment. When I want to do some deep thinking, I'll watch The Learning Channel or The Discovery Channel, meditate, or pray, thank you very much.
  6. by   canoehead
    I saw the Hours and didn't like it because it moved slowly, and I can't for the life of me remember any of the scenes mentioned. I remember it was too deep for me, and a little depressing.
  7. by   iliel
    ok, I'm gonna try this since I said it was the best movie I ever saw.

    I thought the movie was about trying to escape reality and how painful life can be for some and the dif ways ppl deal with life.

    Va. Wolf was trapped in her mind, her mental disease, she was living a lie and escaped in her writing
    Laura Brown-she lived a lie by being married and a mother. She wanted more in life but didn't feel it was her "calling to be a mother" she said in the end it was either death or life, she chose life and left her family (thinking it would be easier for them to hate her for leaving than if she killed herself)
    Clarissa-she's living what looks like a normal life, she appears happy, she has a loving partner, a child, career...but, she's really living her life through an event that happened when she was 19 (her quick affair with the poet) The poet hangs on only for her because he knows she is unstable. She, like Laura Brown, uses a facade of a happy, normal life to hide behind her insecurities.

    All 3 need to make choice as to where to take their lives and with each passing character, there's more and more closure.

    I don't know if this even helps, but I guess in many ways I related to Laura Brown so for some reason it just grabbed my attention.
    I don't think it was an artsy movie, I think, like some movies, if you can't relate to a character it's hard to get into it. It's really not an easy movie to watch is you do relate.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
  8. by   Tweety
    mjlrn97, you sound like me. I like movies and books to be simple and escapism. But every now and then a movie full of pathetic human beings like us is interesting. It's appealing sometime not to watch a movie with it's predictable car chase scenes, special effects and whatnot.

    iliel, I think you put it better than me, they each are at a cross-roads. But it was hard to get into their inner life. Like when Laura and her child were staring each other down, how she couldn't deal with both her love and his overwhelming need for her. Have you seen Adaptation? It's another movie with pathetic and complex human beings.
  9. by   passing thru
    I agree with everybody !! LOL
    I love movies !
    I like to watch everything , even analyze the settings, clothes, etc.

    Virginia Wolfe....sure had a full plate...as far as life goes.
    To be mentally ill with all that creative talent !
    It is unimaginable.
    She suffered so much.

    Nicole Kidman deserves an Oscar for the gut wrenching, heart-tugging, soul stirring, brutally honest description of her feelings.......the scene on the railway station platform.

    I felt the whole movie existed for that one scene,....developed towards that scene.

    I will probably rent the movie again someday to watch that scene another 2-3 times. Ed Harris was magnificent in his role, wasn't he?

    Personally,
    I think they could have omitted the 50's with Julieanne Moore, and the present with Meryl Streep.

    If they had built the movies around Kidman and her family, her (Wolfe's life), and developed that line, it would have been a blockbuster movie, ........ IMHO.

    I think the studio's finally recognise that Kidman can carry a movie by herself.
    I was real surprised at the acting skill she displayed in the hours,and , especially
    after Moulin Rouge - - which she deserved an Oscar for- -
    (the academy even said so)
    and now with the hours,
    and 2-3 more movies since, the studio's are recognizing her talent.....FINALLY.

    I think her talent matches/exceeds Tom's.
    If you haven't seen Moulin Rouge,
    it is 2 hours of fun/escapism/talent/entertainment/

    thanks everyone for the explanations, I thought I might be slipping into
    "cognitive impairment".............
    it's good to know I'm "only" confused..................
    LOL
  10. by   iliel
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy


    iliel, I think you put it better than me, they each are at a cross-roads. But it was hard to get into their inner life. Like when Laura and her child were staring each other down, how she couldn't deal with both her love and his overwhelming need for her. Have you seen Adaptation? It's another movie with pathetic and complex human beings.
    Adaptation, I did see it. There were times when it was almost hard to watch him make ass out of himself once again due to his own insecurities. And it was strange to see what happened with Meryle Streeps character (I don't want to say too much!). I did like it, but I think I'm look for something out of the ordinary when I watch a movie. Another strange, sorta high strung moive was One Night Stand.

    I could prob go on for day about what I thought the Hours was about. I think what makes movies a "good movie" is when the watcher has an identifiable character. The Hours, for some, would be hard to relate to. I guess because I related, I loved it. And yes, Nicloe deserves kudos for her role, that was an awesome scene.
  11. by   Shiva_Las_Vegas
    I also saw "The Hours" and thought it was good. I would like to see it again because I would probably be able to pick up more the second time around.

    Just saw "Adaptation" today. It didn't turn out the way that I thought it would....but that was good. I hate it when things are too predictable.

    Another movie I saw this weekend..... "May".......that was a little different.
  12. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by passing thru

    Nicole Kidman deserves an Oscar for the gut wrenching, heart-tugging, soul stirring, brutally honest description of her feelings.......the scene on the railway station platform.

    I felt the whole movie existed for that one scene,....developed towards that scene.
    Exactly! I was thinking that when I was watching that scene. This is why she won the Oscar, this scene right here.

    The acting of all the leads, including Ed Harris was terrific.
  13. by   eltrip
    Nicole Kidman definitely deserved the Oscar for her role in this film! It was good but quite depressing! I understood the relation between the 50's & the present day (Julianne's character being the mother of Ed Harris' character). Other than the book, I didn't see a connection between Virginia Wolfe's life.
  14. by   Gomer
    I would call it haunting. It was about the similarities of women of different generations and situations. Depression was a big part of it as was death AND especially trying to find LIFE. It was about the fact that women of all times have not been able to be themselves and to control their own lives without nurturing others' needs. Women always been expected to take care of others and in their own ways, these 3 women finally said "No more. I am the important one."

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