TV movie based on the book by Mitch Albom.
I was glad to be able to watch this at long last. I had always really enjoyed the book and hoped the TV movie would be as good.
Jon Voight is believable as Eddie, the amusement park maintenance man who is killed rescuing a young girl from a broken ride.
For the most part, this film was rather good. All of the characters were believable, with complex and believable narrative arcs. The story unfolded beautifully. I remember reading the book at a time in my life in which I was very, very lost. The film itself is good, and shows the roots of Eddie’s resentments towards his father and also his life too.
The sentimental moments are reveled in and at times this got very treacly indeed. That’s not to say that it was bad at all, it was just a bit too much at times. However, that being said it doesn’t attempt to make moments of the film like that for no reason at all. It earns the right through giving you the believable characters I mentioned earlier.
I highly recommend you either read the book or watch the film if you are ever feeling particularly lost with your life.
MY RATING: **** / *****