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  • Ice Castles
    • Ice Castles
    • Runtime:95 min
    • Release Date:2014-10-22 09:33:48
    • Director: Donald Wrye
    • Genres: Drama, Romance, Sport
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MOVIE REVIEW:Ice Castles
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ice Castle is a remake of a film with the same title. And no point for
guessing, the storyline is the same, too.

And the thing about trying to remake film is that, it will always be
overshadowed with the original film.

And this film was indeed overshadowed by the original. Same storyline,
down to bits of the dialogues! The film started slow, it dragged, and
only three quarter through the film did something happened to the lead
actress. And you did not have the time to sympathize with her, because
the film quickly ended when we were shown that the girl has gained her
confidence, albeit her injuries, to be crowned the champ in ice skating
! Not a film after all, but since this film followed the original to
the bits, with no diversion of the original, this film is destined to
fail in the cinemas.

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Watched this movie last night and was fairly disappointed. You would
think that a remake should be better than the original. It lacked the
intensity of the original and was quite dry in some parts. The main
character "Alexis" played by Taylor Firth was well done, and possibly
the only well played character in the whole of the 2010 Ice Castles
movie. However Lynn-Holly Johnson from the original is AMAZING in the
role of "Alexis" and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in
this movie. All I can say is that if you enjoyed this remake, you will
absolutely love the 1978 original Ice Castles. Yes it is a little out
dated, but it is a wonderful movie and so much better than this one. My
friends and I don't usually agree on movies, however we all agree that
the 1978 version is sooo much better and we weren't even born when this
movie came out. It is also a lot more believable than this 2010 version
of Ice Castles. However a warning to parents out there, whilst this is
still a great movie for the family, the kissing in the original is
quite passionate and the little ones might say "Yuck!". Actually the
feeling throughout the whole movie is raw and real. Please, go watch
the original, this movie is a shadow of the original.

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This movie really surprised me. I never saw the original version and
maybe that helped met to enjoy the remake even more. It was good and
entertaining family fun that had me choke up at the end, my wife replay
the final scene and my three year old daughter clapping and cheering
Lexi on in the final competition scene.

The build up was nicely done with a lot of ice skating to enjoy. And
beautiful choreography. Here in South Africa we don't see as much ice
skating as in the northern hemisphere countries, so it was all new and
exciting.

A lot of human emotion was nicely portrayed: innocent love, love broken
due to communication failure, love for the sport, the fast lane
breaking innocence down, true love prevailing and perseverance
rewarding. I like that the kind side of people can still be the
dominant factor in a movie and this is what we need to see more! This
is one for the collection for sure!

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There have been a couple or more of similar movies and themes in the
past, haven't there? When was it I saw a similar version, 1978, 1988?
The figure-skating heroine trains for the sectional figure-skating
competitions, suffers a fall that somehow blinds her, but with the
encouragement of her loving father, and particularly the help and
coaching of her by then estranged boyfriend, decides to make a
comeback, and without revealing her impediment to anyone, decides to
continue her competition until the national championship.

Some decent acting here, particularly from the girl Taylor Firth as
Lexi, with some nice moves in the skating rink. Nothing we haven't seen
before, of course. The rest of the acting/actors varied between lame -
boring. I actually was dozing off in a couple of places. Had to get up
and get one of the ice-cream sandwiches I had in the fridge to keep
from falling asleep.

I'm not saying the movie was bad. No. I mean, if you're looking for one
of those family movies, old Walt Disney style, nothing spectacular,
just hum-drum, OK, then here's your ticket. But we critics know that
one of the main strengths of any movie is the story, and not just 'the
story', but the way it is played out, the drama, if you will.

In this respect, I cannot say Ice Castles delivers. It was over an hour
past into the movie, and we're still waiting for something to happen.
Then the girl falls, not very convincingly either, and that leaves the
remaining 25 minutes of the movie to play out her depression, stage her
comeback with her boyfriend's help, practice and prepare for the
finals, and perform her skating competition.

Not much drama here, no heart-rending moments, no real emotion ….I
mean, after all, the girl is almost blind and decides to compete
against all odds? I would imagine quite a challenge, right? Didn't see
much of anything here.

However, if you're a fan of ice skating movies, well then you might
love this one. Nice for one of those rainy afternoons when there is
nothing else to do.

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