THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

CARRIE PILBY (2016)


When I first saw the trailer for 2016’s Carrie Pilby (#85 on the countdown), I wondered if the sparkle and the appeal of Bel Powley could sustain a full-length film? Happily, the answer is yes as Powley is endearing, amusing and even elicits some sympathy as the title character, British-born Carrie Pilby, a genius who skips several grades and is admitted to Harvard at the age of 14. She’s 19 now, living in New York with no friends, no job (she doesn’t need one – her father, played by Gabriel Byrne, has plenty of cash and supports her) and no goals (except for reading as many books as she can – seven in one week!). She won’t come back to London and he can’t get to NY for Christmas but worries about her and sets up weekly therapy sessions with a psychiatrist friend of his (Nathan Lane, as restrained as you’ve ever seen him, warm and wise). Their scenes are a joy to watch as the 19-year old genius and the understanding shrink go back and forth on the ways of the world. When the doc gives her a list of things to try to do instead of staying in bed reading, that’s when things start to happen for Carrie. Powley, with her gigantic blue eyes, is marvelous even if the script leaves her with not much to work with. There are clichés galore, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off her. She is a gem who will probably end up more of a supporting player then the lead she’s playing here, so enjoy it while you can. Loved her scenes with Lane and wish that they didn’t disappear in the middle of the pic. Carrie Pilby is by no means perfect but Powley carries this film well and makes the film worth seeing.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Sweet, surprising, funny, affecting – those words add up to a “yes”