Tuck Everlasting (2002)

Disney + was the destination today to continue the DailyView binge as I found a film that fit nicely into my time frame, and one that featured one of my old favorites from General Hospital.

Jonathan Jackson played Lucky Spencer for years on GH. I watched him grow up. Jackson was one of the best young actors on the show. Seeing him here in Tuck Everlasting as the immortal Jesse Tuck was a cool thing.

Teenager Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) runs into Jesse Tuck in the woods as he drank from a small spring at the base of an old oak tree. Jesse was clearly up to something and started to chase her. His brother Miles (Scott Bairstow) intercepted Winnie and forced her to return to their home, in order to protect their secret.

Turned out that the water at that tree gave the Tuck family immortality. They could not die. They did not age, and they could not afford Winnie to tell anyone.

However, Tuck (William Hurt) and Mae (Sissy Spacek), Jesse and Miles’ parents, were not sure what to do with Winnie. They treated her kindly and kept her as a part of their family. Jesse and Winnie began to connect with each other, slowly falling in love.

Tuck Everlasting was only 90+ minutes, but it did move very slowly. The slow burn though fit very well with the idea that the world was movie slowly for the Tucks. The film explores ideas of what the meaning of death compared to life was and the loneliness of immortality. The film did not dive into these themes too deeply though, saving most of the screen time for the family friendly action and characteristics of the characters.

The deepest exploration of this came through exposition spoken by Miles about his own tragic circumstances involving his wife and children believing that he had sold his soul to the devil and was practicing witchcraft. Though the back story gave us a greater understanding of Miles, I wish they would have found a better, more impactful manner in which to present the material.

Sir Ben Kingsley was here too as the protagonist, called only The Man in the Yellow Suit in the IMDB page. Kingsley wanted the water for himself but, truthfully, his character was pretty one-dimensional. Not much for depth in him.

I’d say this was a passable film that was certainly worth a free viewing on Disney +. I’m not sure how I would feel had I had to pay (more than just the Disney + subscription fee) to watch this. Overall, it is fine and I liked seeing Jonathan Jackson again.

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