Sliding Doors - Movie Review

Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors - Movie Review

This film was released in 1998 and is still one of the best films you can ever watch. The idea is timeless; the music, screenplay, cinematography, and dialogue are absolutely perfect; and the actors will hit the right spots.

Directed by Peter Howitt and starring Gwenyth Paltrow, who plays Helen, the main character of the film, John Hannah, her soon to be boyfriend James, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Lydia, Jerry’s mistress, and John Lunch, Jerry, her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend.

Sliding Doors is a romantic- comedy/ drama film that discusses the idea behind the thought we all get most of the time -that is “What if”. What if you came 2 minutes early or left half an hour later? What would happen to your reality if you made a different decision at a certain point in time? The film starts with one storyline until the “what if” moment and from there on moves to two storylines that are parallel to each other, and it’s done very smoothly; it will impress you!

It’s an idea that keeps passing through Helen’s mind. The storyline starts with Helen who came home early from work one day because she got fired for a meaningless reason only to find out that her boyfriend Jerry (who she seems to be very committed to) is cheating on her with Lydia. One day she loses everything and her whole life is head over heels.

The what-if moment occurs a little after as she thinks what if she hadn’t been so eager to get on that train. On her way back from work after she got fired, Helen misses the train so she is forced to take a cab but her bag gets stolen as she walks down the street and she gets hit in the face which gives Jerry enough time to get rid of the evidence of his affair and comforts Helen as she gets in.

Helen gets to live both lives, see life with her boyfriend Jerry, and what would have happened if she never found out, like convincing her into taking two jobs to support his writing career while hers suffers, and the life where she saw Jerry’s cheating truth and decides to leave. Where she has a chance to actually talk to James and get in a relationship with him.

I think this film is brilliant and it has won a few festival awards in appreciation of this masterpiece. It has both a happy and sad ending since it has two storylines in one film, but it’s not going to overwhelm you, I promise.

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