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Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

Henry Poole Is Here (2008)

Henry Poole Is Here


Starring: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barazza, Morgan Lily, George Lopez


Genre: Drama/Fantasy


Whenever you sit down to watch a movie, there comes a point when you start trying to figure out what might happen towards the end. We usually end up discarding the most obvious climaxes and try searching for the more crooked ones. But what happens when the most obvious turns out to be true? After being declared with a terminal illness, Henry Poole (Wilson) decides to spend all his savings in buying a house in the same neighbourhood where her grew up in. He spends his time sleeping, eating trashy food, drinking alcohol and not doing anything at all. His intrusive neighbour, Esperanza (Barazza) tries to get friendly with him but Henry simply wants to be left alone. When Esperanza discovers a stain on Henry’s house, she sees a resemblance to Jesus Christ and starts worshiping it. Much to Henry’s annoyance, the word spreads in the neighbourhood and his backyard soon becomes a makeshift church. Being an atheist, Henry does not believe in miracles or is unable to explain the appearance of blood on the stain or it’s powers the residents claim it holds. You don’t see Luke Wilson everyday in a movie and that too in a good movie with good acting. He puts on a good performance of a guy who is fed up of everyone around him and is just bidding for his time to go by. Although the movie has a very loosely tied ending, it has a good build up and seems to somewhere promote having faith in god. It gets a little too obvious after a while and in fact, this review itself might have given out what happens towards the end. Had it not been for patronising religion, the movie might have had a decent conclusion and might actually be a far better watch. Having said that, it’s not all that bad but could have been better.


Thumbs up: Luke Wilson for a change

Thumbs down: Bad ending, promotes religious beliefs


Rating: 6.7/10

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