Movie Review: Can you figure out who the "Third Person" is?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

“Third Person” tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, the tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome - three couples who appear to have nothing in common and only tangential connections. But there is always a third person in any relationship -- perhaps not romantically, perhaps you aren't even aware of their existence, but they are there.  At its heart, Third Person is much more than a collection of love stories -- it is a mystery; a puzzle in which truth is revealed in glimpses, and clues are caught by the corner of your eye -- and nothing is truly what it seems.  


Watching the film would give you the pleasure of trying to solve a mystery novel. The film begins with several unrelated actions and scenarios that would instantly make you feel curious about the plot. Chunks of scenes from New York, Paris and Rome was independently happening as if they are not related to one another. The gradual development of the characters helped the viewers to permeate to the soul of the movie. I actually love and hate the way the characters gives details about themselves in the film. (I love it because it kept me thinking through-out the whole movie looking for the surprise connections and solutions to their dilemmas. I hated it because some parts are a little dragging than expected.) The subtlety of the interconnecting details both visually and verbally is admirable. The whole film would make you wonder who the "Third Person" is.

In the end of the film, only half of my theories about the plot were correct. I get entertained in a plot that makes sense but not easily get figured-out. The film reminded me of Park Chan-wook's Stoker,truly a masterpiece in its own right. Academy Award Winner director Paul Haggis (“Crash) once again explores complex characters in the intriguing interconnected stories in “Third Person” starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Loan Chabanol and Moran Atias. "Third Person" is a film worth watching that is different from the usual genre of films for this quarter.




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