A fictionalised exploration of Beethoven's life in his final days working on his Ninth Symphony. It is 1824. Beethoven is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A copyist is urgently needed to help the composer. A fictional character is introduced in the form of a young conservatory student and aspiring composer named Anna Holtz. The mercurial Beethoven is skeptical that a woman might become involved in his masterpiece but slowly comes to trust in Anna's assistance and in the end becomes quite fond of her. By the time the piece is performed, her presence in his life is an absolute necessity. Her deep understanding of his work is such that she even corrects mistakes he has made, while her passionate personality opens a door into his private world.
Catherine R (nl) wrote: Love her as a leading lady.
Dylan D (it) wrote: Facing the Giants is a positive, uplifting, and family-friendly motion picture that not only entertains but delivers an important message on the power of faith and placing God first, whether in the classroom, on the football field, in the home, or wherever life may lead. Despite a predictable plot, Facing the Giants works extraordinarily well for what it is, a faith-based movie that's bound to touch the lives of all who watch.
Spencer P (it) wrote: Packed to the brim with perfect performances, laughs and unapologetic fantasy, this American story is solid for kids and adults.
Grant H (it) wrote: Disappointing. Some good action and good performances from De Niro and Reno save this movie, as the plot is confusing at the beginning and barely gets clear along the way.
Even B (de) wrote: It was a little cool. A little boring
King L (es) wrote: Woody Allen pays homage to Humphrey Bogart and Casablanca in his anxiety ridden search for love after being divorced in this comedy. Interesting and nostalgic to see what people used to do in the early 1970s before the days of cell phones and airport security.
Jason M (de) wrote: This is arguably the greatest horror film of all time. Ironically, it is also one of the earliest. The film is on most of the top 100 horror movie lists of all time, or any movies for that matter. F.W. Murnau was one of the greatest directors of all time and this is a testament to his genius. The cinematography and acting create a sense of horror well before the era of special effects. Some early special effects were established in this film, and many directors have since studied and borrowed from Murnau's tour de force. Count Orlock is so horrifying and believable that Klaus Kinski reprised this role in Shadow Of The Vampire, which is about the making of Nosferatu. As a young student of the early and especially silent horror genre, I watched this and recognized its power in my have watched this in my late teens and many times since over the years. I recall seeing this on TCM a few years back and was spellbound yet again. That was one of the greatest cinematic experiences I ever had, and I felt that rarified feeling that you reach only a few times in your life during a film viewing. If you are a fan of early horror films and haven't seen this, it is a must-view.
Arslan K (jp) wrote: I only saw like 25 mins of this....why in the world did I???
Nicholas D (nl) wrote: Fun, entertaining and a fresh and interesting twist and take on the Treasure Island novel.
Marco F (ru) wrote: It's filled with truly affecting images and a story we all knew about, but as a film, it doesn't work too well. It has characters we could care less about, a script that really stinks and a cast that tries, but hits a tree.