Wildlife (2018)


“Ask ’em personal questions. Works like a charm. People love to talk about themselves.” – Jerry Brinson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After a father abandons his family In order to be a ow paid fire fighter, his wife and son must find a way to deal with the change in their family dynamics.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been interested in seeing ever since it came out, yet never had the opportunity.

They do a nice job giving us a very compelling look at the way that a marriage can so easily break down.

The story is slow moving which is necessary yet it felt numerous times along the way that things ere even slower than needed.

The two lead performances are great here with both Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal making us believe their character in a more tangible fashion.

This is a story based on a novel which is probably much more understandable on paper due to the ability to give us character’s thought along with a much detailed exposition of everything that transpires.

This is Paul Dano’s directorial debut and he does a very impressive job with what he has.

Bottom Line – Very compelling look at the way that a family can be broken down so easily. The story moves along at a really slow pace and that hurts things a bit. The story is held up by great performances by both Gyllenhaal and Mulligan which help make things much more tangible to accept. This is based on a novel which probably is much better since they have the ability on paper to give so much more exposition which is crucial in a story like this one. Dano does a nice job directed this film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Paul Dano requested the rights to adapt Richard Ford’s novel into this movie he received the following response: “I am grateful to you for your interest in my book, but I should also say this in hopes of actually encouraging you. My book is my book, your picture, were you to make it, is your picture. Your movie maker’s fidelity to my novel is of no great concern to me. Establish your own values, means, goal. Leave the book behind so it doesn’t get in the way.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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