A touching gift for the holiday season (by mrkeemo91)
After reading the other reviews on this film, I saw the need for an authentic review. With an all-star cast and a story written with such complex layer and beauty, it is hard to not fall deep into the spirit of this movie. As we watch each character move through the day and night before Christmas Day, we see their stories woven into an interconnected pattern which ultimately proves to the magical power that the Holiday casts on our hearts. Each story different, each life full of pain and love; both sides of the Christmas holiday are shown in this film. The lonely and the loved, the heartsick <more>
and the passionate, the joyful and the sad - Noel is a Christmas story which speaks to the truth of the magic of Holiday Season. All actors shine in this touching film, with the performances of Susan Saradon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams encompassing intense, simple, and artful portraits of the human condition. If you are looking for a modern Holiday movie full of the rich character and story detail found in the great reels of the past - do not turn to the numerous "Seasonal flicks" found on cable TV - but rather, discover and rediscover the magic found in Noel.
I started watching this expecting a typical TV movie of the week. Excellent writing, directing, and acting by a great cast make it so much more. "Noel" is a beautiful story that is set in New York City on Christmas Eve and follows several characters whose lives intersect including Susan Sarandon as a lonely single woman caring for a sick mother, Paul Walker as an engaged man who can't seem to feel secure in his relationship with his fiancée Penelope Cruz , and Alan Arkin as a man with a past that he can't seem to move on from. Themes of loneliness, jealousy, regret, are <more>
covered as well as love, acceptance, and reconciliation. If you are looking for a feel good tearjerker to watch over the holiday, I highly recommend this under seen gem.
Amazing movie, way much more then what I've thought. (by the-ipdo)
I've seen the DVD of this movie 30 minutes before I've wrote this small review, and all I have to say is that this is one of the best movies I've seen lately. This movie is full of start that ALL of them did wonderful job. The movies if actually a bunch of stories that mix together like in "Love Actually", there is the couple Penelope Cruz and Paul Walker , lonely middle aged woman Susan Sarandon , Lonely man Marcus Thomas and too more characters both "strange" Robin Williams and Alan Arkin . I, personally, like the part of Robin Williams and Susan <more>
Sarandon and how it's ended. As always Robin Williams is doing amazing job with this movie although he isn't credit anywhere as one of the stars. I must say that I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie but now I can easily say: Amazing movie.9.5/10.
Why try to be a film critic? I cannot understand why people can't just sit back and enjoy a very sweet film without picking out every imperfection. Noel is a movie with a lot of heart. Alan Arkin gives an excellent performance as well as Susan Sarandon. While others may not enjoy this movie because it depicts what the holidays are actually like for millions of people, I found it to represent the loss of connection we have all come to know to well. I think that the message is clear, that people need each other to live a life of substance. As individuals we are lost, but with friends, <more>
family and love we have hope. I hope the person that fell asleep watching this film did so next to a wife,husband or life partner and that they just didn't appreciate the film because they can't comprehend what it is like to be alone. I will watch this film every year with my family. It will remind us to be grateful for having each other. Thank you Chazz for taking the time to make this film.
Christmas and a time for meting out miracles (by gradyharp)
NOEL is an unabashedly romantic little film, the type of movie Hollywood used to make for Christmas seasons before the toilet mouth Bad Santa, etc type became popular. Perhaps the time has returned for us to examine how the world can come together at this time of year, sort of a good omen that we just might all start taking care of each other again! Chazz Palminteri takes on directing this story by David Hubbard, surrounds himself with a top notch crew of actors, and capably and sensitively brings off this little story of the interweaving of five lives on a Christmas Eve in New York City with <more>
all the tenderness and associated joy of placing old and loved garlands and bangles on a tree. It is a perfect film for re-discovering the meaning of Christmas.Christmas Eve in Manhattan finds various characters who are in turmoil at this special time of the year. Successful book publisher Rose Harrison Susan Sarandon fights off depression by being kind to everyone: her lonely life is centered on spending her non-work hours tending to her mother who has advanced Alzheimer's Disease she is divorced without children and without love . Across the hall from her mother's hospital room is a comatose man who never has visitors, and when Rose brings him an angel ornament for is window she meets Charlie Robin Williams who apparently has been visiting. Elsewhere in the city is Jules Marcus Thomas who informs strangers that his only good Christmas memory as an unwanted and abused kid was one he spent in a hospital after a beating: he plans to have his hands broken so that he can spend the night in the hospital where he hopes to discover joy. And then there is police officer Mike Paul Walker engaged to gorgeous Nina Penélope Cruz whom he inadvertently drives away with his jealous behavior. Mike is observed by old Artie Alan Arkin who recognizes Mike as the reincarnation of his deceased wife and longs to establish a close relationship with his newfound love.All of these disparate characters interact by coincidence: Rose mistakenly intrudes on Nina's family gathering only to end up in a café with Nina sharing her secret grief for which Rose offers empathy and lessons. Mike confronts the strange Artie who collapses and lands in the hospital where Mike senses his history and gently offers him empathy. Nina and Mike face a condition that alters their relationship, Rose discovers a secret about Charlie that allows her to learn about love and compassion and forgiveness, etc etc etc.These are little miracles, the kinds of everyday occurrences that our speed of life ignores. If it takes a film of this nature to help us gain awareness of the importance of personal peace, companionship, forgiveness and love, then hats off to Hubbard and Palminteri - and to a wonderful cast of fine actors enjoying their craft. Highly Recommended for everyone with a strong sentimental streak! Grady Harp
I watched the movie today and I have to say that it was nice! Yes, the story has some big wholes and you wonder what the editor is trying to tell us with the very strange cutting, but the actors are doing a great job! Most of all, Susan and Robin! Not to talk about Alan Arkin! Again amazing to see them act! Susan did an amazing job and see her interact with the great Mr. Williams is very touching! Yes, the movie made me cry and it touched me, maybe because I liked the idea that the stories are somehow related to each other with the hospital! I liked the movie and I liked following the <more>
characters, but I have to say that the story was not complete for me. It left me hanging there. On Paul Walker, I think he did a decent job! I felt with him, more than in the Fast and the Furious! Watch that movie, because it is sweet for X-Mas!
Beautiful and Sensitive Christmas Feel-Good Tale (by claudio_carvalho)
In the Christmas Eve in New York, the lonely divorced publisher Rose Harrison Susan Sarandon expects for a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimer. She feels sorry for the patient of the room in front of her mother's and meets his visitor Robin Williams . Meanwhile, the Latin Nina Vasquez Penélope Cruz breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike Paul Walker due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by the stranger bartender Artie Venzuela Alan Arkin . The poor Jules Marcus Thomas expects to spend the <more>
Christmas night in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night."Noel" is definitely a beautiful and sensitive Christmas feel-good tale. The debut of Chazz Palminteri in the big screen could not be better. He shows a touching and firm direction, leading actors and actresses of the weight of Susan Sarandon, Alan Arkin and Robin Williams, and also Penélope Cruz and Paul Walker, and he makes an excellent job. Penélope Cruz is amazingly beautiful and sexy in her role; Susan Sarandon is splendid in her dramatic role; Robin Williams is versatile as usual; Alan Arkin and Paul Walker complete this outstanding cast. The story is never boring and I highly recommend this movie for any audience. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Anjo de Vidro" "Glass Angel"
Highly under-rated. A fantastic gem that really should have been given more credit.Scenery of a snow filled New York Christmas is just the perfect back drop for this beautiful story that will make you laugh and cry.Paul Walker breaks away from his usual roles and makes for a great performance in this romantic drama. Includes an excellent supporting cast including Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon.The movie feels just a touch short, but loses no points here.A must watch for those who want to be touched and moved. Deservingly an 8/10.
Soundtrack of Noel ever made ? (by llacelle)
Hi...I went to many record stores and I cannot find the SOUNDTRACK of NOEL. Does anyone know if it was ever produced ? I think this movie is excellent. It reminds us of the essence of Christmas. It is not about shopping and expensive gifts, fancy dinners and days off of work ... Christmas is a time to rejoice and count our blessings. God came to visit us through His Son Jesus. God came to us first as a child. Jesus - the Emmanual - God with us - was not born in a big house surrounded with expensive gifts. He was born poor in a manger. A King in a manger ! Christmas is to be celebrated and <more>
lived with others... with your families, your friends. It should be a time of great joy... where peace, friendship, love and forgiveness prevails. FOR ALL. So many people are lonely at Christmas. Not only at Christmas. May Christmas be not only on Dec. 25 but all year round. Open your eyes, your hands, your heart to those in need. Just be there. Be PRESENT to others. Yes, this is the meaning of Christmas. Be a PRESENT. Be a reflection of God's love everyday of your life.