i must have seen a different film!!
It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
Patrick Wilson seems born to these sensitive professional male roles that require a rethinking of the smooth path the character is on. Director Tracey Hecht has a firm hand on an interesting and large cast and her script meshes the characters deftly,creating some drama without knocking heads. The film is realistically and interestingly placed within the world of architectural design and construction while at the same time offering an older New York office milieu kind of story. Without being cliché wealthy types, the main characters are likable genteel professionals on the way up, but reconsidering some avenues of personal and professional fulfillment. Amy Smart is charming, Wilson spot on, and Lynn Collins solid. Cinematography is excellent as are sets and locations. It's a truly unpretentious film and so may not be exciting enough for some.
*****Warning: May contain spoilers****** I agree with what the previous reviewers have said. However, I'm sick of Hollywood's glamorizing and justifying immoral behavior. There IS no justification for this man's behavior, regardless of his circumstances. ALL marriages have difficulties at times, but that doesn't give us all a license to cheat on our spouses. The architect's willingness to leave his wife for someone else because he's tired of her behavior and expectations, merely adds to the stereotype that men are incapable of making wise decisions independent of their sexual appetites. The only reason I gave the movie a 3 rather than a 1, is that Patrick Wilson, who is one of my favorite actors, is one of the stars. I AM a bit disappointed in his choice of acting vehicles, however.
It was great seeing the locations around NYC, but it was a seriously boring, going nowhere, total disaster of a movie.How the talented cast said the words, deserves some appreciation, but the film said nothing, and never had an iota of cleverness, or humor.It seemed more like a film school project, then an actual film.How Patrick Wilson and Amy Smart got to star in this, is a bigger mystery and more thought-provoking then the actual movie.Anyone who grew up in NYC, and has been away for a while, might be able to enjoy the various places the film was shot, but, there's many better films to watch.
Just saw the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, with all the people there (and all the blocked off seats...us $15 ticket buyers could only sit on the side or the last two rows) you would have thought it was some big to-do. But honestly, about the worst movie I've seen in a long time. Every possible bad movie cliché is in this one, including the flock of birds referred to in the title (spoiler alert...the birds turn out to be...PIGEONS!!!). And then the obligatory shrewish wife, unhappy husband, the other woman, so and so forth. The directors' commentary afterward was completely inane..turns out the characters are supposed to be on some continuum of fear that we all have, which is why the characters have similar names like "Kate" and "Catherine." I didn't see that one coming!How this movie ever got made is beyond me. Fly far away from this one.