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The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Blu-ray Review

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Blu-ray

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is a noble failure.

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (which is not a Beatles film FYI) has to be one of the strangest film releases in recent memory as it is essentially three films. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (AKA “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”) is a 123 minute feature length film about the marriage of Connor (a struggling restaurant worker) and Eleanor (a distraught young woman going back to college). Meanwhile, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him” (which is told from Connor’s perspective) and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her” (told from Eleanor’s POV) are the director’s originally planned two films (both of which are included as extras on disc two). In fact, ‘Them’ is merely a combination of ‘Him’ and ‘Her’ (you got all that?). With all of that out of the way, are any of these 3 films even worth watching? The short answer: No.

As admirable as this cinematic experiment may be, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is a surprisingly underdeveloped series of films about depression, suicide, loss, relationship, romance, marriage, family, and pain. Considering how much screentime is devoted to the two main characters, one would think that these films would be rife with characterization, but that’s simply not the case. Due to the odd structure of the films, viewers really don’t know much about these people initially. It is only over time that we (the audience) piece together this slog of a puzzle that is Eleanor and Connor’s marriage. Even in its entirety, however, the plot and characters are decidedly vague which may leave viewers wanting more.

The three films only saving grace is the cast which is comprised of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill hader. Chastain, who is arguably one of the best actresses in Hollywood today, does the best she possibly can with her character as does the always underrated James McAvoy. The only actor who gets to lighten up this downer of a movie is Bill Hader as a restaurant employee/friend of Connor’s.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This a sharp looking movie that has been given a sharp looking transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music and dialogue are handled well thanks to this DTS track.

Extras include The Weinstein Company trailers, a 21 minute NY Q&A with Thelma Adams, Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and the aforementioned “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her”

Overall Thoughts: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” simply doesn’t work in any version. It might be worth a rent for the curious few, but Chastain and McAvoy have better work out there.

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February 10, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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