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Third Star

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The world has officially gone crazy for Benedict Cumberbatch.  I, for one, think back to his role in the movie Atonement and shudder.  But he seems to be absolutely everywhere these days.  The He and I came across this 2010 flick of his, Third Star, in which he plays a cancer victim who is terminal and seems to only have weeks to months to live.  It’s the story of coming to terms with death, and the power of friendship.

Cumberbatch is James, a man whose time is running out.  Considering it’s probably a time to repent as much as possible, he’s actually not a wonderful person.  He’s moody and has a cutting way with words.  That said, he has set out with three of his childhood friends for one final pilgrimage to a camping site they visited in the past.  It’s an epic journey on foot, and James cannot do much of the hiking, so they’ve created a special cart for him that can be pushed and steered.  Even so, James has a difficult time of it.  He’s on constant pain medication and just moving a certain way makes him feel like he’s being torn apart.  James’ friends, while all healthy and leading stereotypically normal lives, are on their own personal journeys.  They’re all around the same age, just under 30, but they’re all still on a quest to find themselves.  No one in this movie seems truly comfortable yet in their own skin.  The trek, while testing their friendships and their personal will, proves to be both fruitful and memorable, as their lives are forever changed.

Third Star

As usual, I’ve decided to leave a few of the details out in my plot summary.  You’ll thank me for this, because overall, not that much really happens in this movie.  I mean, there is one huge plot development, but you have to wait a while to get there.  This film is more about watching friendships in action.  And sometimes you’ll wonder if these people really are friends.  There are times they seem to be simply tolerating each other, at best.  As mentioned, James is not always the most pleasant gent, but you’ll feel bad for him because he’s in legit pain the whole time.  It’s somewhat touching at the end, although with a hint of soapiness.  My main gripe with this movie is that it runs a very slow.  It just oozes along with not enough spirit or humor to carry it through.  My favorite moments of the film are where some comedy trickles in.  And that’s where Third Star shines.  Otherwise, it’s just a test of patience and fortitude.  The performances seem decent, but I’m not sure anyone was too tested here.  Cumberbatch’s voice is particularly gravely in this film, and I actually had a difficult time making out much of what they were saying.  This was due, in part, to bad audio coupled with thick accents and poor annunciation.

The film, while visually appealing with a certain moodiness captured well by the camera lens, was just a little too slow for me.  It could have been great, but instead was just “meh.”

Thumbs half up.

Third Star

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