Man I was meant to have this review online almost a week ago but then I got lazy and put it off for a while, anyways I’m here to get this review online now so let’s get to it. When I saw the trailer for this film I knew this was something I would have to watch, I just didn’t know that I’d have to wait until 2013 in order to watch it. Anyways I finally saw the film and I can say right now that The Impossible is great film filled to the brim with drama and great performances.
So the story of this film is based on the true story of a Spanish family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami where they are separated during this disaster and have to go through many hardships and survive in order to reconnect with each other. I thought the story was incredibly well-done, dramatic, and emotional and felt like it had the right amount of realism applied. Some have complained about the film being overdramatic, but from what I could see it all looked pretty convincing.
The characters of The Impossible really steal the show and make you care about what’s going on, for this review I’ll only be talking about three of the cast members involved and that is Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland.
Firstly Naomi Watts as Maria Bennett was really good, you could see that Maria had gone through a lot and had so many so many hurdles to cross physically and mentally, and Watts portrayed that so well. Some have said that she didn’t deserve the awards that she’s been given in the film and while I can see where they’re coming from at the same time I don’t think it was easy to portray some of the stuff that Watts pulled off in the film. As for Ewan McGregor as Henry Bennett, he was brilliant. McGregor is one of my favourite actors and he really nailed the role as Henry, a determined and loving father who would go to many lengths to try and find his family. Loads of people seem to be overlooking McGregor’s great performance in this film, I thought he was great especially in this one scene involving a phone call where he literally just breaks down and gives us one of the convincing emotional breakdowns ever. And lastly Tom Holland as Lucas Bennett was good. Holland handled his role with emotion and convincing realism. However I’m going to be honest, his character really annoyed me at points. He kept asking so many questions and moaning about everything, now obviously he’s young and most kids do that kind of thing especially in moments of fear and uncertainty but I just couldn’t stand it. Sorry but I have to be honest yo.
One of the other areas where this film really shines is in its presentation. From a visual standpoint it is incredible, the use of CGI and practice effects was so effectively used that it all looked so seamless and realistic. The camera shots done during the initial tsunami attack were incredible and very dynamic and the way the film was framed was also lovely. Then of course there is the use of make-up for some of the injuries that some of these characters sustain that and it looks incredibly realistic and painful to look at. Also the music by Fernando Velázquez was very moving and really emphasised the drama going happening on-screen.
In conclusion The Impossible was a beautifully touching film that hit all those right emotional notes, I loved Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and the visual presentation of this film was just insane and the way it was pulled off was simply great. This film is an experience and not for everyone because of the gruesome reality of some of the events that went down, but if you’re willing to give it a try then there is a great dramatic story to be told here.
So what did you think of The Impossible, be sure to comment below. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀