All I See Is You – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

All I See Is You - Title Card

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All I See Is You - Title Card

Despite Blake Lively’s usual charm, an uninspiring romance and the pursuit of being too artsy makes for a dull film.


Director(s) Marc Forster
Writer(s) Marc Forster, Sean Conway
Noted Actors
Gina Blake Lively
James Jason Clarke
Dr. Hughes Danny Huston
Ramon Miquel Fernández
Carla Ahna O’Reilly
Lucy Kaitlin Orem

Summary

Since her early teens, Gina has been blind – after a tragic car accident. Something which, even in her later years, haunts her. Luckily, in her adult life, she has James. Someone she has been married to for an undisclosed number of years and who she lives with in Bangkok, Thailand. A place they live in after James gets a promotion at his insurance company.

Leading to the heart of the story: Thanks to Dr. Hughes, after decades of being blind in both eyes, Gina learns her sight can be restored in one. A process which is a success but has an unintended side effect – the insecurity of James. For as Gina begins changing her appearance, her clothes, wanting to change where they live, there comes the fear that Gina will want a new man too. Something her brother in law, Ramon, jokes about when they visit her sister Carla in Spain.

Thus giving us the drama aspect of the movie and the thriller portion dealing with whether or not James, in pursuit of calming his insecurities, did anything to reverse the effects of Gina’s surgery.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. James is the one who got rid of the dog Gina adopted, right? Also, did he stage that break in?

Highlights

Lively’s Charm

All I See Is You - Blake Lively

As always with Lively, it is her charm which allows her to come away a bit unscathed despite the flaws of the production she is in. For, like seen in The Age of Adaline, there is this weird mastery of being like a porcelain doll which had been broken, yet put back together with the best intentions. Let me explain: There is this innate sadness that Lively possesses that constantly makes it seem she is exasperated but trying.

Making it so, with her often playing a love interest (I didn’t see The Shallows [External] to know if this thought applies to that move), she seems like the girlfriend or wife who gives you this sense that the relationship has long seen better days. On top of that, she herself knows that she could do better. However, because she believes in love so strongly, and the beginning of the relationship was so wonderful and romantic, she sticks it out.

Something we see when it comes to her and James’ relationship, especially after the eye surgery. There is this sense of loyalty when it comes to James but it is clear she isn’t necessarily over the moon when it comes to him. Which leads to their later marital issues.

Criticism

Living in Bangkok With Little To No Focus On The People

You know how some TV shows can be placed in diverse areas and not feature more than, maybe, a token minority? Well, in a similar fashion, despite most of the movie taking place in Thailand, be it neighbors, realtors, or doctors, Thai people are around, but there are less than a handful with speaking parts. Even the girl Gina dotes after, her neighbor Lucy, is a white girl.

On The Fence

The Romantic Drama

All I See Is You - Jason Clarke

The driving force of the movie is supposed to be the changing dynamic between Gina and James. A couple who, because of Gina being blind, sort of worked. James was her husband and caretaker and with Gina reliant on him, things were in James’ favor. But, here is the thing, James doesn’t present himself as this loving husband with a cute relationship with his wife. What we more so get is this guy, likely the type Gina wouldn’t take a second glance at, who seemingly lucked out.

That attitude is what makes it hard to really feel bad for him as Gina starts changing. For, in my mind, we should feel bad for him since his wife is changing now that she has some sense of vanity. She is changing her clothes, look, wants to perhaps go out more, and can now see her other options. All of which feeds into James’ insecurities to the point you would feel bad for him if you didn’t begin to pick up that James is just some manipulative weirdo. Someone who seems like he watched Gina forever and with her being blind, he made his move since the main thing which kept him from winning over girls like her, his looks, was no longer an obstacle. So when he hears her talk about how he is different from what she imagined? Sees her getting cute? We more so see his dark side and his dweeb insecurities come about, the nice guy who never got the hot girl, versus him stepping up to be more than a sugar daddy (which I say since it isn’t made clear if Gina has a job, teaching and/or doing music, or whether that is simply a hobby).

Overall: Mixed (Divisive)


While Lively continues to be selective in her roles, and benefits from choosing a character which doesn’t present too much of a challenge or push for her, sadly the production as a whole doesn’t benefit much. For while her task as a wife is handled, when it comes to Clarke being the husband who you’d think would garner sympathy, instead he is written as a creep. One whose intentions are too thinly veiled and with there being so little reason to care about their relationship, even Gina cheating on James to a certain degree, it makes the nearly 2-hour runtime of this movie seem long.

Hence the mixed label for while fans of Lively will get what they came for, everything else about this movie may make you question if it was worth the price of admission. Especially as it decides to get very artsy, for no dang reason, and give us one of the least inspiring romances seen in a wide release for some time.

How Would You Rate This?

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New Jersey native Amari Sali takes the approach of more so being a media advisor than a critic to sort of fill in the gap left between casual fans of media and those who review productions for a living. Thus being open about bias while still giving enough insight, often with spoilers, to present whether something is worth seeing, buying, renting, streaming, or checking out at all.

12 Comments

  1. Thanks, I guess that would kinda make sense, although I can’t imagine why, if she suspected what he was doing, she wouldn’t keep her drops WITH HER, in her purse or something. He could have discovered the ones under the sink much sooner and altered THOSE TOO! How would she know? They weren’t exactly “hidden” very well. I hate it when movies don’t make their intent clear and leave it up to all the viewers to come up with a theory. Everyone then has a different theory/idea, but no one really knows for sure.
    I also saw Blake do an interview where she stated that she didn’t believe her character was disappointed with her husband after she was able to see him. She claims that when she said things like “You look different than I imagined” (in a VERY disappointed sounding way!!), that it didn’t mean better or worse, but literally just “different”. She says she made herself try to experience what things like this would be like when preparing for the role, and would go into places blindfolded (or whatever) and try to imagine what things looked like based on her other senses, and then she when she would actually see it, they were always DIFFERENT, but still just as wonderful or beautiful as she imagined, just different. I strongly disagree with her take and am shocked she would say that. If that’s true, the story was POORLY written!! She was CLEARLY disappointed with what she saw in him, and was much more intrigued with her new boyfriend and all things sexually perverted etc. Both characters had issues – James wasn’t helping things, as he was clearly insecure and knew she could do much better than him, and that led to many problems. But still, he loved her (even if in selfish ways often) and took care of her in so many ways when she was blind and not many others would have, and for Gina to then act the way she did after she could suddenly see, and to start drawing away from him out of vanity is just sad. He wasn’t THAT bad looking, and if someone truly loves another person, looks shouldn’t matter. What if someone has an accident and is disfigured etc? Is their partner so vain and shallow they would stop loving them????? When Gina was blind, the relationship MUST have developed purely from conversation and getting to know each other that way, but in this movie, suddenly after Gina can see, both people act as if they have no communication skills whatsoever!! They didn’t get to know each other in the first place, fall in love, ENOUGH TO GET MARRIED, by not knowing how to TALK to each other. Yet we’re supposed to believe all that just disappeared as soon as she could SEE?

  2. As far as I see it. He found the drops that she had been taking without him knowing as she must have suspected he was messing with drops after she went to see the specialist. She then had the baby and was rid of him. At the end I see her looking and able to see her child. She was on to him

  3. This movie was so confusing and unclear. So many questions unanswered. HOW DO WE KNOW it was James that took the dog??? Everyone says that as a foregone conclusion, but the only “bone” we get tossed at us to give us any clues is the letter Gina gets, and whoever writes the letter simply says he saw the “WHITE GUY” tie the dog to a fence. ???? James in not the only whte guy! Gina’s new boyfriend is white also, and he is always walking HIS dog in the park as well. And half the other people you see around are white, which in itself is bizarre since they are in Thailand. But how do we really know who took the dog then based just on the letter? And when did James have time to TAKE the dog?? Gina had JUST been out with the dog in the park and then comes home and the apartment was broken into. James came in and broke into his own apt and did all that stuff, made all that noise, and NO ONE SAW HIM ENTER OR LEAVE his apt or the building when he should have been at work??????? NO ONE???
    WTF was up with putting a dead bird in the freezer?? WTF was the dead corpse supposed to mean when the boy saw it near the tunnel? Why was Gina singing mostly a solo at a young girls school talent show?? What was the song supposed to mean? All I see is you – was that a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE Thing? Like now that I want more and know how beautiful and vain I am, I look at what I’ve married and “all I see is YOU”; OR, is it that she truly supposedly loves him (even though you would NEVER guess it from the way she treats him, looks at him, talks to him, or CHEATS on him), and that in that sense, she is everything to him – “All I see is you”. Which is it? How would singing that song make James realize how much she STILL loves him, when he knows she cheated, can barely stand to be around him, wants so much more than him? Is it supposed to indicate how much she USED to love him, when she was blind? (since presumably the song had been written back during that time)?
    If James was the one that messed with the drops, what was it that he found at the end hidden down under the sink in a box, and why was he staring at the bottles as if HE was the one that just discovered something evil or bizarre?????? And what was he DOING to the drops? “There were “Inconsistencies” with them, what does that mean? WTF??? He wasn’t a chemist, and they showed him going to pharmacy place to have them refilled. If he was just adding water, wouldn’t they SAY THAT???? “Hey, these eye drop bottles are filled with WATER!” ?????
    What was the letter on the floor at the end, was that the same letter Gina found? What did it mean to JAMES??? How would that prove to Gina that it was JAMES that tied the dog to a fence???? And HOW would the person who found the dog know who Gina was, where she lived etc, to mail a letter??? If he lived nearby, people would see and recognize the dog!! If he didn’t live nearby, HOW THE F___ would he know the address to send a letter to???

  4. TRUTH I see: Blake Lively does NOTHING: for every excuse for a movie she just stands there, mumbling- the movie is about NOTHING: her character does NOTHING. narcissism is insulting to all viewers. HOW DARE the ethnocentric egocentric lingocentric shallow plastic surgery worshippers for surgerIES to look WHITER force viewers to pay and to waste life time looking at this mysogenistic NOTHING. plastic surgery is NOT acting. no 1 would marry trash lifestyle blind doing nothing all day contributing nothing except selfishness procreating showing off plastic surgery. No1 would be friends w that garbage lifestyle except Blake Lively’s superficial entourage worshipping her plastic surgeries blinking as acting. the blind character is a monster: cheating wasting her days away, hogging a solo @ a child’s school show for the child, refrigerating birds in a hiding out way, sicko not even thinking about her man while screwing nutjob selfish… reminds me of some1… what worldly cause has BL lifted a finger for lately?

  5. Movie was predictable. You knew she was gonna be pregnant once she cheated.He is the lowest of scam to tamper with the drops but let’s be honest she cheated on him before she found out he did that.They both deserve each other.A cheater and a wacko.

  6. OK so her husband tampered with her eye drops so SHE WOULD GO BLIND AGAIN? She let’s him think it has worked (SINCE HER DR. TOLD HER THE DROPS WERE TAMPERED WITH) until he realizes she is faking it when he finds the samples she used instead. The extremes he will go to to keep her dependent on him are far beyond normal behavior and yet she stays with him anyway. That’s love. If you are nuts. Then he gets rid of the dog and when she finds out that he did it she is done. LORD HAVE MERCY! It’s ok to let her go blind again but DO NOT GET RID OF MY DOG! Yes, he see’s the dog as a threat because the frenchie helped her meet OTHER PEOPLE SHE MIGHT SLEEP WITH (AND DID). I think I am getting a headache.

    • It has been a really long time since I saw the movie, but I do think she tried to understand him being malicious and insecure. However, with hurting the dog it becomes clear that he isn’t just some sad and insecure man who clearly can’t handle their dynamic changing but he is dangerous beyond the benefit of the doubt she might have been giving him.

    • I don’t understand the ending either! Did he kill himself on purpose?And why did he sob and run out when she was singing?

    • When she sings he understands that she loved him before the surgery and still after even knowing what he did (drops, dog, overall lack of stepping up his game). So he gets immersed with guilt and remorse that is why he sobs. Then the crash is an accident. He gets blinded (!) by his tears. That is how I understand the ending.

  7. If this was real life and James sabotaged his wife’s vision, no he’s not petty, he is a vicious, vile monster who needs to be locked up and kept completely away from women, forever. Unfortunately it is not even slightly shocking that a man would consider the horrific assault of a woman by a man – even if in a movie – to be petty behaviour. And I never felt the slightest bit of pity for him. He was a controlling creep.

    • Reading it over, changes were made since the sentence, in regards to James’ actions being petty, definitely were an inappropriate word choice – all things considered.

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