Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 23: Heartlands

Date: July 23
Film: Heartlands [2002, england]
Where: Tulsa/at home/streamer
Who with: Loner style
Rating: ***
Michael Sheen's hair: ****1/2

You may have noticed there was no day 22, that's because I didn't see a movie on the 22nd. No good excuse other than I was not in the mood. Seeing a movie every single day is kind of taxing if you have to work a real job as well. I got back on track with Heartlands, a sweet-natured English film about a dart loving guy [Michael Sheen] who is sort of walking through life without noticing anything around him. He loves his darts, his pub, his routine with his wife and little else. Wife seems to be just as humdrum as him. Then he catches her having an affair with a dart playing buddy and his whole world turns upside down. Soon, he's on a road trip, heading to Blackpool on his tiny scooter, getting a haircut [no! Check out Sheen's wild mop of hair he has for Heartlands] and meeting a lot of interesting people. When he gets to Blackpool will he try to get his wife back or realize he's better off without the adulterous drip? Heartlands is a slow-moving road movie with enough quirky English charm to satisfy your Anglophile lust. Plus, like seeing something from Sheen in his early days.


hidden staircase said...

got this from scarecrow this winter and liked it. slow but quirky. love the people he meets along the way...camping and such. underdog with big hair!

Joshua Blevins Peck said...

I was kind of hoping Michael Sheen would play more darts! Never thought I'd want to see that in a movie, but the dart action intrigued me. This is one of those low-key English films that are pretty enjoyable.