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Old 16-09-2007, 03:29 AM   Senior Registered Member #1
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I Saw "Silk"....

Yup, I'm one of the 20 or so people who saw Silk this weekend....
I knew it was unlikely to be a good film (negative reviews, and the fact that Keira did nothing to promote it is telling), but I made a special trip to Chicago* just to see it, anyway.

Well, in a nutshell, the movie was pretty crappy. It SHOULD have been much better -- all of the elements for a good film were there; but nothing came together right. It was like watching one of those bad re-enactments from "Unsolved Mysteries", only with very rich imagery and marginally better costumes. It's like there's no emotional flow from one scene to the next -- stuff just happens. We watch it, but never feel it.

Michael Pitt, whom I normally like quite a bit, was so subdued for the whole of this film that it was hard to believe his character felt anything at all, let alone love or passion. For instance, at one point he narrates that he and his wife (played by Ms. Knightley) were "having a joyous summer" together, but what we SEE from them on screen indicates the opposite. Just blank stares and mumbling. Whatever energy Keira brings to a scene is killed by Pitt within a few lines, and everyone winds up just seeming depressed. The only actor to bring any personality to the film is Alfred Molina, and he's not on screen enough to make it interesting.

In all, the whole thing was just ineptly done. I left the theater wondering if maybe the filmmakers ran out of money at one point, and then just did a rush job to paste this thing together (that could explain why it seemed to have a full score for about the first half, but only a lone piano to provide a soundtrack for the rest). Silk COULD have been a very beautiful movie, but nothing works.

Oh, and forget what you've heard about Ms. Knightley's supposed nudity in this film. As usual, the reports of her sex scenes have been blown way out of proportion. We barely see anything, and even then it's only for a split second.

* Silk is in a very limited release here in the US, not even playing anywhere in my entire state. Chicago is the closest place to my town where the film could be seen (about 60 miles away). Since I've never been to The Windy City, I figured Silk would be my excuse to finally go, and so I made a day out of it. Lovely town. I caught an improv show at Second City after leaving the movies, and ate at an authentic Chicago pizza place.

In summary, I give....
SILK a thumbs down, and
GINO'S EAST PIZZERIA a big thumbs up!
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Old 17-09-2007, 12:22 AM   First Class Member #2
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Chicago Pizza is the best!

I wondered about Silk...there was no buzz
leading up to its release. Not even a wimper. :icon_err:
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Old 21-09-2007, 12:46 AM   #3
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I think I saw about one trailer for it, otherwise there was pretty much nothing
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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A copy came in the mail today. I guess I'll see just how bad it is then.
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Old 13-03-2008, 12:59 PM   Senior Registered Member #5
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Sorry to say it, but Silk is downright lousy....
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Old 22-03-2008, 12:09 AM   #6
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Not surprising, since I found the book just as boring and lame. You can't get a decent movie out of a lousy book.
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Old 22-03-2008, 05:32 AM   #7
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I hadn't even HEARD of this movie before reading this thread.

I don't think I'll make the effort...
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:19 AM   #8
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I've been meaning to check this out, and have it sitting around, but it doesn't surprise me it's pretty bad. I briefly cycled through the film and Keira's really only has a small part in the film always.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:01 AM   #9
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The saddest thing about Silk was that it could have been so much better...

Michael Pitt was miscast. The Japanese actors and actresses performed well but I think the plot taken from the novel could have been adapted better; furthermore, the film just dragged on--had Keira Knightley's character, Helene Joncour, been more developed, I think the film would have been 10 times better.
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Old 21-10-2008, 04:29 AM   #10
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i didn't knwo they released it at the US. I reallyyy want to watch that movie
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:19 AM   #11
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I saw this myself recently and I thought it was a beautiful film. It was perfectly paced, the acting was fantastic and the music was wonderful. Keira was not the enough for my liking, but as a piece of cinematography I thought it was great.

It may be think that Keira seems to do two types of film -- massively promoted ones (Beckham, Pirates, Atonement, The Duchess, etc) and ones that seem to be released and noticed (Silk, Pure, The Jacket, etc). The promoted ones get all the attention, but I have to say that some of the smaller films are equally good I loved all the above three and their equally deserving of a watch as the ones with big budgets behind them.

I just got The Edge of Love to see now and I've seen every film I can get hold of in this website's filmography. Then it's on to the TV series...!
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:46 PM   #12
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.....and she died ..not really i don´t think it´ s very good film...
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:06 AM   #13
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You don't think it's a good film because she died?

I don't think it's very good because it's all about HIM...it was intended to be a love story(love stories require joint-protagonists) and the Helene character was just left out totally...For all I know she could have been having an affair with the mailman and the whole letter writing thing was a last sadistic hurrah because she knew she as dying and she wanted to make him feel guilty for the rest of his life for getting a little AZN poontang on the side.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:34 PM   #14
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I watched SILK again yesterday,and it's really a moving story.Every time I heard her voice I was deeply moved,especially when she reading the letter....
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I actually really loved the story in the film so much I got a copy of the book and read it. Alas, the movie was not as compelling. So sad. Keira was probably the best actress for the part of H élène. Michael Pitt is beautiful and a good actor, but I just didn't think he is a great actor to play Herv é. He showed the same disposition throughout the movie where in the book, Herv é went through phases of grief and happiness.

The chemistry between Keira and Michael could have been better, but the chemistry between Michael and Sea Ashina was so non-existent that the characters struggle to forget her was not believable. Betraying H élène was not believable. Michael Pitt also looked and sounded stoned throughout. His voice is nice, but it's so lazy. Keira's voice is beautiful though when you heard her reading the love letter at the end.

It is a such a great story of selfless love and the movie turned it into a tragedy. The movie itself was a sort of tragedy especially since it had the potential to be so much more. It is so ADD unfriendly. The beginning... whatever. The middle... so boring. The end was the best part because that was the time when the focus was actually on H élène... and there was a great twist. The ending was perhaps worth the wait, but it was a long, tiresome wait.

I always wanted to watch this when I saw photos from the film shoot in a magazine, but didn't hear anything about it when it came out. Forgot about it. I only watched it recently.

The book is so much the opposite of the movie because it is so short and concise. It's like an epic poem and was easy to follow. ADD friendly. Keira's character, H élène, actually shows emotion in it, but they cut that part out. There was a part in the book where there were hundreds of birds flying out of their cages and it would have been glorious to see that on film. Too bad.

The screenplay did not capture the essence of the story very well. Girard, as a director, is so old school. Nothing innovative about the film at all. I did like the part with Keira in the water, but the rest of the film did nothing to enhance the experience of the story. The story is so lovely and the movie had beautiful parts. Beautiful movie that had the potential to be extraordinary, but failed.
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You don't think it's a good film because she died?

I don't think it's very good because it's all about HIM...it was intended to be a love story(love stories require joint-protagonists) and the Helene character was just left out totally...For all I know she could have been having an affair with the mailman and the whole letter writing thing was a last sadistic hurrah because she knew she as dying and she wanted to make him feel guilty for the rest of his life for getting a little AZN poontang on the side.
Actually, the letter was made because Hélène wanted Hervé to be happy. He wasn't supposed to find out she wrote it. She wrote it nine years before she dies and never mentions it to him the whole time.

I the book, Baldabiou leaves town three years before she dies and she cries really hard when he does.

The screenplay was so very much effed up.
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