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All Is Bright Blu-ray Review

All Is Bright Blu-ray

Not even Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti can save “All Is Bright.”

“All Is Bright” begins with an ex-con (Dennis) being released from prison. As he returns home to his wife and child, he learns that his wife told their child that he died. To add further insult to injury, his wife is now planning on marrying another man- an ex-thief/friend of Dennis named Rene. Not knowing what to do with his life now, Dennis is forced to ask Rene for a job. Rene reluctantly agrees to help him out and so the two travel to New York to sell Christmas trees for several weeks on a street corner. Can Dennis make an honest living or will he revert back to his criminal ways? Will Dennis and Rene fight over the woman they love or will Dennis have to move on?   

The unusual pairing of one of Hollywood’s best actors (Paul Giamatti) and one of Hollywood’s funniest actors (Paul Rudd) may sound intriguing on paper, but unfortunately, their talent is wasted in this dreary and needlessly long “dark comedy.” I say dark comedy in quotes because there’s very little that is amusing about this film. Most of the movie is actually pretty depressing as the majority of the scenes are comprised of a broke Dennis and Rene grumbling at each other while waiting around to sell Christmas trees. For the entire running time, one keeps expecting something eventful to happen, but the movie just drudges along before abruptly ending. Yes, it’s clear that ‘Bright’ is meant to be a poignant character piece about love, the past, mistakes, and moving on, but one can’t help but feel rather empty and disappointed by the time the credits roll. The story simply feels lost and incomplete.  

It should come as no surprise that the always reliable Giamatti and Rudd are the only thing that make this movie worthwhile. The two actors give really strong, dramatic, and heartfelt performances and their chemistry is always believable. It’s just a shame that they weren’t in a better movie.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite not being a very visual film, this is a solid hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? There’s not much going on here audio wise aside from dialogue and the occasional music. With that said, the track does the job.

* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* Trailers for other Anchor Bay titles.

November 27, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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