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Plot: A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 17 Aug 2007
It was an OK movie, nothing more (by MusicalAnime)
I've just got back from a screening of this movie at a film festival. I'm glad to say I've seen this movie and enjoyed pretty much all of the movie. It's nothing great, and nothing that takes itself to serious, but I did enjoy watching it. I am happy to have seen a very good cast put together nicely, and Alec is a good director. Nice directorial debut on his behalf. I don't know why the devil had to be a female. It's clearly stated the Devil is not a female. But oh well, follow bedazzled mistake... who cares when all they're there for is simply not to be evil. This <more>
movie could have been better if taken more seriously. It's just not real to be a fantasy like story. 5 out of 10 stars for this movie.
I was surprised at how good this film was (by americana_films)
When I first saw The Devil and Daniel Webster I was in amazement of how good it was. I was thinking about it for a long time after and when I got to watch it recently on a DVD, it made me think about it all over again but this time raises some questions.I didn't find it as good the second time round since the time that I first saw it but in the recent viewing I was paying more attention than before. I still think Alec Baldwin was maybe not right as Jabez Stone. He has some good moments but I think he has to many moments where he is trying to act is ass off and making it look obvious. Is <more>
it me or in some scenes where Baldwin is talking he sounds kind of goofy and over the top. Just a thought.Anthony Hopkins was perfect as Daniel Webster but again, isn't he always? Whatever shortfalls his film has, Hopkins makes up for it in his charm and charisma which he tackles head on easily throughout the movie.The best acting we get here is from Dan Akroyd and Jennifer Love but especially Hewitt, which is no surprise to me considering how well she has done in some of her previous films. The story doesn't really kick off till the very end where everything unfolds very fast to an entertaining climax which without this film would have failed badly. I don't know much about producer Michael Z. Gordon's previous work except with the good film "Narc", but I am impressed with how he handled this film.
Great cast and an entertaining film! (by gojomusic)
Wealth. Power. Admiration. They all sound pretty enticing. Indeed many people spend their life in pursuit of these or similar goals and are willing to sacrifice anything and everything in the process. But what if there was an easy way to do it, say, selling your soul? You're not really using it anyways. As the saying goes, the day I decided to do it there'd probably be a glut on the market.Jabez Stone is, for lack of a better word, a loser. Trying to write a novel and watch a friend pass him by makes him even more angry because "I am a better writer than him!" While <more>
lamenting his lot in life he casually mentions that he would give anything to have a successful novel. Enter the Princess of Darkness, stage left.Although the basics between this movie and the 1941 classic of the same name are similar, there are so many differences styles of humor, characters, plot, etc that comparisons are pointless. So I won't even try. "Devil" offers something so few fantasies do these days without relying on endless juvenile scatological humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the transformation that Jabez goes through as he realizes he made a big mistake. Jabez soon discovers that when dealing with the devil - surprise, surprise - nothing is, as it seems.I have always liked Alec Baldwin since I saw him in "The Marrying Man". Since then, he has proved himself capable of doing both serious "The Cooler" and comedy roles "Beetle Juice" . With this part he shows just how versatile he is and does so admirably.Jennifer Love Hewitt is deliciously wicked in a role that she was born to play if reports about her are true and it appears that she enjoyed herself. Her spin on the ultimate temptress is hilarious and personally, I'll take red-haired vixens over horny or is that "horned" guys any day. Anthony Hopkins, brings the same verve and versatility that he always displays without going over the top. The supporting cast provides the finishing touch rounding out the film nicely. I really enjoyed this film.
I Had A Devil Of A Time Watching This Film!! (by michaelzstuff)
I think this film is truly cursed! I wonder how much more could happen to it. But, to give the Devil its due, this is really a good film. I saw it at a screening and it had two of the makings of a successful film: Good cast and a good story.However, the drawbacks are that Baldwin did a mediocre job directing it and an even more mediocre job playing the lead. BUT, in spite of Baldwin's ineptness, it actually turned out to be a very good film. I would go see it again and I would take my family to see it if they edited out the bedroom scene . BOTTOM LINE: It's a wonderful and classic <more>
story with a wonderful cast and somehow this film has been able to overcome all of the obstacles that stood in its way. Hopkins was great, Hewitt was terrific, Cattrall was excellent and Akroyd, as usual did a very good job.Don't be put off by all the negative hype, go see it for yourself!!
A Very Good film and definitely worth watching (by cute_little_seniorita)
I saw this film at the Venice Film Festival and have waited a long time to comment on it as I wanted to see it again when I was released. However, it still has not come out and I don't know if it ever will.Alec Baldwin is a writer, down on his luck and nowhere to go but down even further.As with many viewers I suspect, I was attracted to this film by the cast and the fact that it has received so much press, good and bad. The plot is based on the old casino idea of a writer whose career in next to nil and is getting ready to self destruct and unless you get into it, it'll feel <more>
rather forced and silly at times.However the film helped me to overcome this by being very low key and downbeat very much like Baldwin himself. The film is not a great thing but one that is easy to get into. The film uses Las Vegas really well but it is a classic story that is fun to believe in. It is much better than the fun, breezy and slick fantasies that we are sold in other films. The mix of romance, comedy and violence works very well at points it was very touching, at others quite funny.It isn't perfect of course and the writing is where the problems lie; the story did rely on the audience buying into it and at times the dialogue comes very close to corn but just misses . The only time I felt really let down was the ending, which, although fitting with the spirit of the film, missed a great chance to be fun, exciting and original all at the same time.Still, a good film and definitely worth the watching.
An Excellent Movie!! It was well worth the wait. (by babyhayhayrocks)
This film was shot in 2002 but it was three years later that I saw this film at the Naples Film Festival and it was a terrific film!! Anthony Hopkins was the lawyer who is hired to save Baldwin form eternal damnation and he was terrific. Jennifer Love Hewitt was sensational as the Devil and as usual, Kim Cattrall was a knock-out. Dan Akroyd really showed off his dramatic talents.Of all the actors in the film, the one I had to rank the lowest was Baldwin. He really had no business acting or directing this film. His performance left a lot to be desired and his directing even more so. I found <more>
out later that he walked off the set after he turned in his Director's cut and they hired a new editor who literally saved this film the dying a slow death.I read in the trades where Producers Michael Gordon and David Glasser were the ones who kept trying to keep this film from sitting on a shelf for the next twenty years and finally got Bob Yari to acquire the film from the insurance company. Make a point to see this film when it comes out, I think it was well worth the wait.
There Is no Shortcut to Happiness (by claudio_carvalho)
In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone Alec Baldwyn is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson Dan Aykroyd sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez fells envy and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil Jeniffer Love Hewitt knocks on his door, fixes the situation and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez <more>
enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with the publisher Daniel Webster Anthony Hopkins who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil."The Devil and Daniel Webster" is an original and delightful version of Faust, alternating comedy and drama and giving great messages in the end. The lovely and cute Jeniffer Love Hewitt "steals" the movie with her interpretation of a sexy and smart devil. Anthony Hopkins has another top-notch performance. Kim Cattrall is very comfortable performing Constance Hurry that recalls Samantha, from "Sex and the City". Dan Aykroid shows talent in his dramatic interpretation and is a good surprise. Alec Baldwyn has a good performance too in spite of some bad reviews, and I did not know that the director Harry Kirkpatrick is actually a pseudonym of Alec Baldwyn. In the end, this movie is a pleasant and worthwhile entertainment. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "O Julgamento do Diabo" "The Trial of the Devil"
A good film whose weaknesses in the writing are covered up by a great cast (by cara7890)
This gem of a movie will probably not be a blockbuster when it finally is released. The storyline, which has been used many times before and most people will consider that a negative, could be summed up as, "everyone deserves to get a second chance to appreciate what you've got". Nevertheless, this is a classic story and it has all the ingredients to make this an interesting film. This must be the sort of movie that every good actor and actress would love to have a role in as the screenplay has been written by an accomplished screenwriter. It is a farcical melodrama rather than <more>
a comedy but nonetheless highly enjoyable. It has a wonderful cast and it was well-acted so I'm not sure I could ask for more. All in all, I heartily recommend this film.
A Dramatic Whimsical, Lightweight But Powerful Movie (by tabuno)
1 February 2009. The element supreme whimsy comes from the directorial magic of Alec Baldwin who both directs and stars along with Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt as well as the performances from Dan Aykroid, and Kim Catrall in this selling one's soul tale and the resultant trial of Mr. Baldwin's character. While the trial is somewhat anti-climatic, the whole movie, especially Jennifer Love Hewitt's cast against type performance is really a fascinating presentation originally released as The Devil and Daniel Webster. Unlike a number of movie efforts, this movie never strays <more>
from its dramatic tone even though the first half is almost a comedy-drama that most movies than fail miserably in descending into a disappointing mess of drama which singularly contributes to this movie's integrity. An enjoyable, moral tale, "Shortcut To Happiness" is a quaint and poignant tidbit of a movie.