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About the Movie
Abby, a thirty-something artist living in Rhode Island, is caring for her husband, William, after he is tragically injured in a bar fight. As Abby nurses her husband back to health, James, her childhood sweetheart, tries to help her enjoy living life again. The complicated love triangle that ensues concludes with a realization that is as profound as it is beautiful.
I watched this movie last night and it is a must watch. You will be on the edge if your seat with an ending that blew me away!
This movie was a delightful surprise. The story will stay with you well after the film has ended.
I can't come up with a way to review this movie without writing statements that SOME people may construe as mild spoilers. Please don't read further if you are very sensitive to spoilers.
The love triangle in "Superman Returns" between Richard and Lois and Superman (now an interloper in this young couple's relationship) was the most interesting thing in "Superman Returns." It was a truly adult situation. Superman, being a good guy, has to admit to himself that he no longer has any claim to Lois's heart, and has to leave Lois alone to live her own life. It's heartbreaking watching him finally realize that fact and say "Goodbye" her as he flies away. It is the most adult relationship in any superhero film.
The trailers for "Missing William" seemed to suggest the same possibility to have a truly complicated, adult relationship. The trailers suggested that Brandon Routh would have to console Courtney Ford (his real-life wife) while he struggled with his romantic feelings for her and she mourned and cared for her ill husband. The trailers suggested that Routh would have to hold back out of decency, but would stay by her side out of love and sense of duty, while Ford would understand that she loved Routh, too, but feel a more powerful bond and duty to her injured husband. Watching the two people try to negotiate their feelings for each other against their feelings of duty and morality offered the promise of -- again, I keep coming back to this term -- a truly adult relationship, instead of the passing-yet-passionate teenage crushes that pass for romance and relationships in too many movies.
This movie was not that. It did not offer that complexity or that subtlety. It was a movie whose characters you have seen before in situations you have seen before. You have heard the dialogue before. You have seen the scenery before. While I admittedly did not see the movie's major "twist" coming, I had seen the major twist before.
Brandon Routh brings a sense of fun to the tragic figure of James, and Ford brings less to her role of Abigail, two childhood sweethearts who grow apart when James unexpectedly moves away. Routh manages to capture the awkwardness of getting back in touch with a loved one after too many years apart and feeling all the stings of how far they have moved on without you. But he never feels blue; his character never appears to wallow. Through Routh's inherent optimism and resilience, James always appears to get back up to try to adapt and adjust. Ford, unfortunately, either did not have the writing in the script to give her the room or else she is not as good an actor as her real-life husband Routh; her performance as Abigail was not BAD, but it also wasn't very GOOD.
The movie runs 90 minutes, and contains only about 50 minutes of real story and real character development.
Brandon Routh is a better actor than this film suggests. Even after this film, I still want to see him in more prominent roles.