The Magic of Belle Isle

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"A re-coming of age story."
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 6.9  (20,199)
  • 46

The Magic of Belle Isle is a heart-warming drama-comedy film from 2012. The movie takes place in a small lakeside town of Belle Isle, where Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman), a once-famous Western novelist, spends his summer. Monte, now wheelchair-bound after a tragic accident, has lost his passion for writing and instead spends most of his days drinking and being bitter towards the world.

Monte's life changes when he meets his next-door neighbor's three daughters: Charlotte (Virginia Madsen), an empathetic woman, and her two daughters, Willow (Madeline Carroll), a fifteen-year-old bookworm, and Finnegan (Emma Fuhrmann), a seven-year-old with an active imagination. The girls befriend Monte, and through their influence, he rediscovers his love of writing and begins a new book.

As the summer progresses, Monte slowly opens up to the town's residents, including a local hardware store owner (Kenan Thompson), a young girl who aspires to be a magician (Nicolette Pierini), and a group of churchgoers led by a pastor (Fred Willard). Monte's cynical views towards life change, and he becomes a grandfather figure to the young girls who have helped him find joy in life.

However, Belle Isle is not untouched by the harsh realities of life. Charlotte is struggling to support her family after losing her husband, and Willow is struggling with her love for music and her mother's expectations for her. Monte finds himself playing a vital role in helping the family heal their past wounds and challenges them to embrace new beginnings.

The Magic of Belle Isle has an enchanting plot filled with great character development that leaves a viewer feeling uplifted and happy. The cast delivers fantastic performances, with Morgan Freeman standing out for his portrayal of Monte Wildhorn. Freeman brings emotional depth to the character, capturing the pain, regret, and the eventual hope Monte finds in life.

Virginia Madsen and Madeline Carroll also shine in their roles, with their mother-daughter dynamic adding a real-life touch to the film. The supporting cast also adds to the movie's charm, with Kenan Thompson delivering several hilarious moments.

Directed by Rob Reiner, The Magic of Belle Isle is a beautifully crafted movie with breathtaking scenery, enhancing the film's theme of rediscovering one's passion for life. Adding a magical charm to the movie is the perfect choice of music, with Marc Shaiman's score adding a touch of nostalgia to the film.

In conclusion, The Magic of Belle Isle is a feel-good film that will leave you happy and satisfied. The movie teaches us about dealing with our past, finding new beginnings, and most importantly, embracing the magic of life.

The Magic of Belle Isle is a 2012 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 46.

The Magic of Belle Isle
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    6.9  (20,199)
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