The Elephant King is a must see!
Craig Hower | La Plata, Maryland, United States | 07/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Coming in under the radar in today's film industry is nothing new, but The Elephant King came in low and is going to strike hard. Wonderful performances from a talented cast only scratches the surface. The imagery and cinematography coupled with the honest story telling make for a must see film. If there's going to be a stand out performance, Jonno Roberts as the conflicted Jake, delivers a powerhouse emotional roller coaster of ride that should not be missed. Ellen Burstyn is at her amazing best and the beautiful Florence Faivre is both stunning and troubled and can not help but hold the viewer's heart in the palm of her hand. Tate Ellington's Oliver meshes the whole story together seamlessly. Writer-Director Seth Grossman has much to be proud of. Even the use of Thailand as the back drop presents as stunning, haunting and frightening all at the same time. Do not miss this movie."
The decadence of Thailand in a solid indie
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The character of Thailand is represented well here and not just in the hedonistic way. The countryside and Buddha lifestyle get spliced into the film in such a way that nothing is too overplayed.
The story follows a reclusive American brother traveling to Thailand in hopes of recovering his wayward expat brother from a self-induced immersion into the Thai lifestyle. In short order we see the underexposed-to-life brother finding love, pleasure and indigenous beauty that both captivates him and wakes his soul. Some nice performances from all of these unknowns, with the usual solid showings from Burstyn and Sommer. The outcomes are believable and the infamous Thai pleasures are covered in a tasteful way.
The DVD is of decent quality with both 2.0 and 5.1 options, but the subtitles are a little frustrating. Anytime someone speaks Thai they did not translate so there are entire conversations where body language and scene placement are the only cues as to what they are saying. The supplement is an 11-minute making of that is all interviews - decent information. The commentary (as does a brief snippet in the docu) contains the good and bad of filming in Thailand. If anything, watching the Ellen Burstyn interview of her slamming Hollywood content of late is worth it in itself.
3.5 for the film and quality, .5 for the supplements."
The Elephant King
Mr. Robert Steer | Melbourne, Australia | 02/21/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"DVD arrived in good time but as the movie is an American movie and some sections are in the Thai Language, it was impossible to follow as there were no subtitles in English for the Thai language sections.
Which means whole sections of the movie were unintelligible."