FIRST LOVES LAST. FOREVER.
Sometimes a filmmaker tries to cover too much material and misses the point. Here, director Scott Hicks takes on a romance between a Japanese-American girl and a white boy, the internment camps during WWII and the murder trial that follows the death of a local fisherman in a small northwestern community. Ambitious, but Hicks keeps alternating between these stories without generating much interest in those parts that are meant to be emotional and exciting. Those who are patient will appreciate the technical ingredients and Max von Sydow’s performance.
1999-U.S. 126 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Scott Hicks. Screenplay: Scott Hicks, Ronald Bass. Novel: David Guterson. Cinematography: Robert Richardson. Music: James Newton Howard. Cast: Ethan Hawke (Ishmael Chambers), James Cromwell (Judge Fielding), Richard Jenkins (Art Moran), James Rebhorn, Sam Shepard, Eric Thal… Max von Sydow.