I read a few reviews of this quirky and sweet film before renting it. Actually, I bought it based on the reviews and am glad I did. One reviewer mentioned the extreme number of introspective Luke Wilson shots and I have to agree. However, there are much worse faces to stare at.
Henry Poole is looking for something, so he plants himself where it all began in a desperate attempt to find it. He sums up his search when touring his old home, "This is the last place I remember being happy." But happiness and peace elude him as he discovers that you can't go back, especially when you are still haunted by ghosts from the past. Henry is also tormented by fears of future and the resulting loneliness of battling the spirits of past, present and future.
The matriarch of his neighborhood discovers a miracle in Henry's back yard. And it becomes even harder for Henry to find happiness and peace in the midst of a crowd.
Fast-paced this film is not. Family friendly, as good as it gets, I think there were a total of three S-words and a few random assorted tamer words. However, most kids will not want to sit through it. There are some religious/faith elements but they are pretty open-ended. More along the lines of faith is good, whatever that looks like, than pushy. However it does open the door to some interesting questions that most folks ponder a time or two. It ends up being a very feel good movie with some opportunity to blink back a tear now and again, and several snickers, too.
We have seen quite a few films that serve up certain opinions about Faith, Hope and Redemption. Quite frankly, these type of films have the very dangerous potential to be exceedingly melodramatic, with its themes taken too solemnly. Director Mark Pennington's "HENRY POOLE IS HERE" does a lot of things right with Albert Torres' script, as the director goes into neutral territory with its execution and approaches with a serious tone rather than a somber one. It cleverly sidesteps the trappings of … more