Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Aug 2016)
Brief Synopsis – The life of a married couple in rural Maine over the period of 25 years.
My Take on it – I have been intrigued to see this film ever since it won 8 Emmy’s last year including Awards for Best Limited Series, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actor, Writing and Directing, but was daunted by the 4 hour running time.
Frances McDormand has been a favorite of mine ever since he surprised us all in Fargo (1996) and is able to do it again here.
The fact that she and the other main character of her onscreen husband played by Richard Jenkins are able to play the same characters over a span of 25 years is done exceptionally well.
Bill Murray is exceptional as a quirky family friend in the fourth part of this film.
I liked the way that the 4 hour running time gave us time to get to know the characters better as they were able to slowly reveal new layers to each and every one like peeling an onion.
The book this is based on is probably even better because it probably gives an even better description of it all, but the long format seems to help here too.
My one complaint is that the final episode feels a bit rushed, but it still brings everything full circle so that we get a full understanding of the characters and their situations.
Bottom Line – The characters are well crafted and we find them interesting to watch as we are slowly revealed the many layers each of them has. Excellent cast helps make this even better. The book is probably even better, but we are truly able to understand many of the characters and what has led them to where they have gotten to. The last episode feels a bot rushed, but still gets the point across. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Frances McDormand bought the rights of the novel years before she could make it into anything. Her involvement extended to the point of hiring writer Jane Anderson, director Lisa Cholodenko and co-star Richard Jenkins. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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