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Gloria Bell Blu-ray Review


Julianne Moore shines in the underwhelming “Gloria Bell.”

In this remake of director and co-writer Sebastian Lelio’s own 2013 film “Gloria,” “Gloria Bell” revolves around the titular character who is trying to stay active, socialize and live life in a time period where she is divorced and her kids have become adults. Gloria spends her days working a day job and frequenting dance clubs. One night at a club, she meets a divorced dad named Arnold. The two hit it off initially, but will the romance last? More importantly, can Gloria find what she is looking for and take control of her life?

On one hand, “Gloria Bell” deserves credit for being a character study about a middle-aged woman. It’s refreshing to see a film revolving around an age group that is often overlooked in cinema (at least in starring roles). On the other hand, the movie could have been more impactful in terms of the character’s journey. While it’s no doubt refreshing to see a story about a woman living her life, being independent, and forging her own path, it’s tough not to shake the feeling that there needed to more for her character to do than just stand up to a guy who mistreated her. Granted, there’s more going on here than that story wise, but it’s the central drama. The film also suffers from being far too formulaic and on the nose at times. I mean, the song “Gloria” plays in a big moment if you can believe it.

The saving grace of “Gloria Bell” is undoubtedly Julianne Moore. It goes without saying that Moore is one of the best actresses in the biz day and her portrayal of the down-to-earth Gloria only backs that up further. John Turturro (another acting great in his own right) also shines as an inconsiderate divorced father. The rest of the cast is actually rounded out by big names like Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Rita Wilson, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Sean Astin, but they have little to do here.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An adequate 5.1 track. No more, no less.

* Digital copy
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “An Extraordinary Woman: Making Gloria Bell”- A 10 ½ minute featurette that contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, and story and character discussions.
* A thoughtful solo commentary by director and co-writer Sebastian Lelio.

May 21, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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