What They Had (2018)


“Love is commitment.” – Burt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After her aging mother has an episode related to Alzheimer’s, a woman must travel back to her home town of Chicago to try and find a solution to her parents’ living condition.

My Take on it – This is a film that my wife and I were both quite interested in seeing ever since we saw the trailer a few months ago.

They are able to take a very common situation that so many people are familiar with and give it to us from various perspectives as we watch things unfold.

The plot of the film works really well largely due to the way that things feel so relatable and can be understood by so many viewers who have dealt with aging parents or who know from other relatives how these situations tend to play out.

The cast of this film is superbly chosen and Hilary Swank, Robert Forster, Michael Shannon and Blythe Danner are all amazing here.

They are able to make these characters feel so real and it seems as if they are based on real people and the events that they must have had to dealt with.

The dialogue is quite poignant and helps keep this story both interesting and gripping the entire time.

They do an excellent job keeping this story heart warming and powerfully emotional throughout and the way that they pepper in some humor along the way helps lighten the heavy themes presented to us.

Love the ambiguity of the title of the film because it can refer to numerous characters in the story as various points in their lives.

Bottom Line – Great story that is able to look at this very common issue from various perspectives. The plot works really well and is very relatable to most people who have or will be required to deal with aging parents one day. The cast is superb with Swank, Forster, Shannon and Danner all giving amazing performances. We get a real feeling that these are based on real people and events which makes the story so believable. The dialogue is quite poignant and manages to stay interesting throughout.   Love how they manage to keep things heart warming and emotional yet also pepper in some humor to help lighten the atmosphere a bit along the way.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was awarded the Truly Moving Picture Award at the Heartland Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “What They Had (2018)

  1. Agree 100%. One of the best acting ensembles of the year. Only cast member who seems to be getting any Oscar buzz at all is Robert Forster. Well dserved, but entire cast is wonderful. HUGE Michael Shannon fan and Swank terrific as well.

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