When the patriarch of the Hemingway family dies, the future of the successful Hemingway publishing company is in limbo. His lawyer discloses his will’s stipulations for succession: his son and his three oldest adult children must reconcile their differences in eight hours or the publishing company will be sold to another company. They must explore family secrets and be willing to forgive each other in order to save their company.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
The production of Hemingway is inconsistent, but it has its good elements. Video quality is fine, but some camera work is overly artistic and lighting is sometimes poor. This is a very silent film with very quiet audio and not enough of a soundtrack. Sets, locations, and props are fine, however. There are some abrupt cuts and transitions, but the editing isn’t all bad. Overall, this film is a mixed bag when it comes to production, thus warranting an average score.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
This film is based on a very interesting idea regarding broken family systems, but it is too low-key and underdeveloped. Random things tend to happen just because as the story jumps around too much. The characters have interesting backstories and are somewhat complex, yet they are deep enough—it would have been great to get some substantial flashbacks for these characters. The dialogue is interesting but it needs some fleshing out. Also, there are one too many attempts at dry comedy. Good issues are raised in this film, but they are fixed way too easily. Similarly, the Christian message presented needs far more substance and meaning. In the end, this is a nice try, but not good enough.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
This cast is sometimes professional but sometimes slightly awkward. Line delivery is inconsistent, as are emotions. There are one too many yelling scenes and the makeup is bit off. But not all is bad, which warrants another average score.
There is something in this film that could have been made into something interesting, but it was never brought out. This is a non-typical plot about an interesting idea that could have really been something great. Had the comedy been written by a more skilled writer, things would have been much different. With a little more investment in production and casting, this film could have gone places. Maybe next time things will be different.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points