I feel as if this should be part of a Mensa quiz: What kind of
film is made in Hollywood, but is character driven and involves
questions of morality and identity? Ah! Trick question, right?
Nothing like that comes out of Hollywood. Well, mostly nothing.
And yet, here it is. A very good film that doesn't bludgeon
you with some superficial moral judgement, and is, as I said,
character driven. And well acted! Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening
are both superb as a couple living in American splendor -- they
have jobs, money, a big house, civic pride. And a marriage, such
as it is. What incites a man to change his life? To quit his
crummy job? What passions compel a woman to sell real estate?
What insecurities do the apparently successful have? It's all
there, yours for the taking, reader.
How did this happen? Give credit where's it's due: good
acting, good writing (screenplay by Allan Ball), and a clear
directorial vision from British filmmaker Sam Mendes.
At the end of the screening, the shmo sitting beside me
stretched and said to his companion, "That was one of the
worst movies I've seen in ages." Look -- you're not going to
see a lot of people in baseball caps at this movie, and this
guy's comment is one of the best recommendations I can imagine.
Go see it.
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