Frank Goode is a retired worker who used to insulate telephone wire. His wife recently passed away and as a result he’s left alone with his children scattered around the country, living their own lives. For years, Frank’s wife made sure he kept up to date on whatever happened with their kids, but with her gone now, Frank is looking forward to the holidays when they’ll all come over for a big barbecue and he can catch up. Unfortunately, one after the other they cancel but that doesn’t hold Frank back. Despite a less than optimal health condition, Frank packs his bags and leaves his house to travel around the country and visit them all.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is just fine for what the movie needs. Here and there the image is a bit on the soft side, but overall the colors and contrast are good and as this isn’t some big budget spectacly movie, we really can’t complain.
Again, this isn’t some overblown action movie so focus is on dialogues and music. The movie keeps things simple and that works nicely. Sometimes less is more and that really applies here.
– Deleted and extended scenes
– Making Of: Paul McCartney’s “Come Home”
Euhm… do we really need to comment on this?
It’s easy to criticise Everybody’s Fine; it’s hardly believable that Frank Goode has no clue about what’s going on with his family in reality, the fact that all of them are having serious issues is rather incredible as well, and them hiding what happened to one of them is even more hard to swallow. Especially as Frank doesn’t seem to be a tirant who wouldn’t understand what’s going on and would burst out in rage when he finds out.
However! The movie runs on a sweet atmosphere that carries a little drama and thanks to the good acting from Robert DeNiro (as well as the other main cast actually) Everybody’s Fine is a bit like the scene of DeNiro in the train on his way to his youngest son: you hear the wheels going over the rails, watch the beautiful scenery outside, clear your mind and just enjoy the trip without thinking too much about it.
Don’t be fooled by the trailer, this isn’t some comedy with jokes around every corner, emotions are very subtle and each scene is created almost like a static painting with images saying more than words. If you can get past the obvious inconsistencies of the film, Everybody’s Fine is a beautiful movie to watch.
The DVD itself comes image and sound that perfectly contributes to the atmosphere, but the extras are a real disappointment.