Marvin’s Room (1996)


“Most of the time I just keep to myself. I think like what it would be like to be… someone else. ” – Hank

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A dying woman tries to reconnect with her family who will need to care for their elderly father of something happens to her.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my quest to watch all films that feature Oscar nominated performances.

The story is quite interesting and is enhanced by the amazing cast.

Diane Keaton is great in the lead role and makes us truly understand the dilemmas that she deals with.

Se was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this role.

The supporting cast is also filled with lost of talented actors and they help make this so much more enjoyable to watch unfold.

Meryl Streep, Hume Cronyn, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro all help create some intriguing characters.

They are each a bit weird and have numerous quirks but that helps them become even more distinctive throughout the story.

The plot brings this very different characters together in order to try and overcome past grievances and look towards the future together as they begin to realize the importance of family in all aspects of life.

The film has great dialogue that allows for the story to move forward at a nice pace as we get to slowly learn more and more about the different kinds of issues that they each must try and deal with yet at the same time, they must learn to find a way to support one another.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that is enhanced by great performances. Keaton does a great job in the lead and is helped by supporting roles by Streep, DiCaprio, Cronyn and DeNiro. The characters are all a bit weird and have distinctive quirks, but they are brought together by the story and realize the importance of family above all else. The dialogue is great and allows for the story to move forward at a great pace as we slowly learn more and more about each of their problems and how much they truly need the support of one another. Keaton was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer Scott McPherson died of complications from A.I.D.S. shortly after completing this adaptation of his stage play. It marks as his only film screenplay. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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