Jonathan Jackson, Alexis Bledel, Amy Irving, William
Hurt, Ben Kingsley, Sissy Spacek
Based on the book by the same name, Tuck Everlasting is
about the young Winnie Foster (Bledel), who happens upon the
Tuck family hidden away in her family's woods, along with
an important secret that is ultimately entrusted with her.
The Tucks are a laid-back family that have managed to live
well beyond their years - in fact, they've been fortunately
to be granted with immortality, but this gift comes with a
price. Because of their secret, they hide away from civilized
humanity, only getting together once every ten or so years.
One of the biggest questions the movie asks is whether it
is better to live forever or just to make the best of the
life you've been given. The gift of immortality makes those
gifted live outside the realm of normal people, where they
must hide themselves from the rest of the world. This drawback is none more evident than in the situation of the eldest Tuck son, whose wife and child leaves him when they discover the secret, only to die later on, leaving the son scarred from the incident.
As far as production values go, Tuck Everlasting is
a finely crafted work. Sets, costuming and the care taken
with the camera all present an excellent timepiece set in
the early 1900s. Luckily, a lot of the movie is shot in a
number of outdoor locations that are just gorgeous to behold.
The strong cast provides fine performances all around, even
though some of the more placid moods don't strike the viewer
as much as Kingsley's coarse gentleman or Irving's bitter
and conservative female head of the Foster household. While both Hurt and Spacek are nice additions to the cast as the Tuck parents, neither are given much time or depth to really work with their characters.
I would have to say that Tuck Everlasting could really use
a lot more character depth to it. Very little time and care
is given to developing the means by which the characters feel
and act. Compared to timepieces like Pride and Prejudice and
Sense and Sensibility, Tuck Everlasting is more of a lightweight, Cliff
Notes rather than a hearty tale.
For those who read the original book or enjoy a timepiece
"love story lite", check out Tuck Everlasting. For
those who enjoy something a little more in depth, you might
want to pass as the story seems to be over way too soon.