45 minutes into it and I'm bored as hell.
Hoping it gets better.
EDIT: Well, i finished it up and don't really know what to think. Kirsten does a decent job, if staring and moving in slow motion and occasionally wrapping a wool sweater around herself constitutes doing a good job of acting depressed. There's no backstory to her or her condition, so she's not sympathetic or anything and there's no emotional investment in her at all. The kid actor is horrible in the couple of lines of dialog he has, so I'm glad he wasn't in it any more than he was. And my wife and I both cracked up in the nude scene, since the score ramped up for the big "reveal" and it came off as comical...as in "Wake up! Kirsten is naked! Pay attention!" That was laughable. Dialog was so low I had to turn on subtitles since everyone muttered or whispered everything that if I turned it up so I could hear, the score was too loud.
However....I think if you cut out the entire wedding reception and just kept the first 10 minutes and picked it up immediately at Part 2:
- The movie would be a more reasonable 90-100 minutes.
- I wouldn't have felt like I wasted 45 minutes watching a home movie of someone's wedding reception being introduced to characters that serve no purpose whatsoever and completely disappear at the end of that act.
- You wouldn't have missed anything, other than a 30 second scene about the red star in the sky, a short conversation between the sisters, and setting up for why Kiefer is so unsympathetic towards Kirsten's character during the second half, all of which would have been accomplished in other ways.
I am sure there was all kinds of "symbolism" and "artistic intent" to the wedding reception that I probably just don't appreciate, but whatever....I thought it was boring and unnecessary for the movie as a whole.
I will say the movie was good....in the "mproper's cut" version I'm making in my memory banks as I try to forget I wasted 45 minutes watching a bad wedding video
But ignore that and I liked the rest of the movie and am glad I just didn't turn it off.
One thing I was hoping maybe someone could help me with: what was the deal with the bridge that the horses wouldn't cross and the golf cart's battery died on? Since it came up three times, I'm sure there's some deep meaning to that I'm not getting since, other than as an implement to have Kirsten snap at the horse and to keep the sister on the estate.