It’s that time of the year again – the awards season. Red carpet, flashing cameras, who’s wearing who, and of course the much awaited films and nominations. And now that Golden Globe just concluded its 68th year, it’s now time for the awards of all the awards, the highlight of the season – the Oscars! It has been a tradition for me to be in-the-know of the buzz and eventually watch the films which I think would make it. This year won’t be an exception, of course. In fact, I have already started my Academy marathon few weeks back. Hence this post, which I think will have several parts (hopefully) reviewing, well I really don’t want to call it review because I am not a “movie critic”, films I was able to watch. I’ll start it off with The Kids Are All Right and Black Swan.
The film’s theme/story alone interests me so much that’s why it’s the first one I watched among the movies I heard loud buzz from. And what a movie it was. Not the typical, I must say. Actually it’s my first time to watch a movie telling a story involving lesbians or a lesbian couple. But I seriously loved it. Funny, senseful, and with a touch of the real life. It’s basically telling us that in whatever relationship, be it straight, gay, lesbian or whatnot, bumps and struggles will come along the way and it’s up to you and the rest of your family to straighten things out. It may sometimes be a matter of choice, but it will boil down to how you accept and understand each other that will make it work in the end.
And should I even touch the acting part here? Annette Bening (Nic) delivered amazingly with her craft. Her role is pretty annoying at times, but the way she protrayed it is A+ for me. She made me teary-eyed with a scene where Jules is apologizing in front of their kids. I really felt her pain in that scene. Julianne Moore (Jules) and Mark Ruffalo (Paul) are equally great. This is the first time I’ve seen Julianne after The Hours and she did pretty well here. Mia Wasikowska (Joni) and Josh Hutcherson (Laser), who played as Nic and Jules’s kids, were a great addition to the cast. I just love this film. Seen it twice already. 4 out of 5 stars for me.
SPOILER ALERT! Do not continue reading if you haven’t seen Black Swan yet 🙂
“Perfection is not just about control. It’s also about letting go.” This, and a lot of other things, is what Black Swan taught me. Such a mind-boggling and intoxicating film it is. To say that it is a wonderfully-crafted film is actually an understatement. This is definitely Natalie Portman’s best work so far. I believe there is a Nina Sayers in each one of us.
I know there are a lot to say about the film’s story and how it was depicted. Maybe it’s trying to tell us something? Maybe, or probably it really wants us to dig into our ownselves to let go, to let lose. For what? To complicate things? To become a different person, or just to understand and really identify oneself? These are just one side of the story, I believe. Once you’ve seen this, any aspect of one’s life, personality and even identity can be angled through a totally different level.
Mila Kunis is a revelation in this film. Aside from Natalie, she really made this movie work. The mere sight of Mila is making me wish she’s my girlfriend haha! Those eyes, those lips, her skin… ok, I must stop. Now it’s making me research about her more. I’m sure this won’t be the last Mila Kunis movie to see.
Overall, 5 stars for me. The ending made me think of Heath Ledger. I don’t know if it’s just me but I think what happened to him is similar to the story. Someone who has taken his role to heart and ending up killing himself. You can disagree, but that’s how I see it. I am not even sure if that’s what really happened to Heath. Again, maybe it’s just me. Seen this twice as well, and won’t hesitate to watch it a few more times.
Up next: my review on The Fighter and 127 Hours 😀