“You’re a miracle, Ronnie. We’re all miracles. Know why? Because as humans, every day we go about our business, and all that time we know… we all know… that the things we love… the people we love, at any time now can all be taken away. We live knowing that and we keep going anyway. Animals don’t do that. ” – May
Number of Times Seen – Twice (20 Jan 2007 and 11 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A small suburban community is turned inside out when a former sex offender is released from prison and moves in to the neighborhood.
My Take on it – This is quite a powerful film that does a wonderful job showing how the complexities that surround suburban life can affect those that reside there since it can slowly show the cracks that are beginning to open and can explode at any moment.
Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson are both great as the leads here and the chemistry between them is amazing even when there arises questions dealing with moral issues along the way.
The story does a great job of moving in and out of the personal lives of the characters and the community as a whole as we get to see that things aren’t nearly as picture perfect as one would think by first glance.
Jackie Earle Haley is great in the important role of a creepy character and was quite deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
The film uses voice over narration a bit too much and it borders on the annoying side and I think the film would have been much better if they had found a way to not use narration but still show the feelings of the characters even if it’s completely understandable why they chose to go this route.
Bottom Line – Powerful film that shows the complexities of suburban life while also showing the cracks along the way. Winslet and Wilson have great chemistry together throughout so even when there may be moral questions that arise, they still seem so great onscreen together. The way that the story moves in and out of personal lives and community issues works very well and Haley is the perfect actor for tackling the creepy role he is given and was quite deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance here. The voice over narration is a bit annoying and the film might have been even better of it had been omitted even though it’s somewhat understandable why it was used here. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kate Winslet was so impressed by In the Bedroom (2001) that she was determined to work with Todd Field. She said the movie made her feel very uneasy, and was intrigued by the director responsible for that. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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