“Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.”
Let’s just start with wow wow wow… now I have expressed that, let me justify it!
I first heard about this film as I saw it on another blog, it was one of those books to read before it becomes a film post that also included Wild. For some reason both of these stuck out in my mind that I wanted to see them when they came out in the cinema, through being disastrous at actually going to the cinema I actually managed to watch neither! However months ago it came onto Sky Movies, again when flicking through something made me download it and then park it to the deepest darkest pits of my Sky Planner and forget about it! Sunday was my turn to choose the film and after being constantly reminded that when rich picks a film he bares me in mind (although I will argue that he should find enjoyment in Mean Girls and Pitch Perfect) I decided to be fair. Having not yet seen it, if he didn’t like it, it wasn’t my fault! Now, I have never ever wrote about a film before and am not a film critic, but really enjoyed this film and wanted to share it so you’ll have to excuse my lack of knowledge.
The story picks up really quickly and grabs your attention immediately by not wasting time diving into the main story line. We stopped 15 minutes in to make a cup of tea and both commented on how we were already enjoying it! Although some reviews wrote that the script was cheesy I enjoyed it, there were some really lovely lines such as “You’re a fine boy. Anyone who says otherwise isn’t worth your time” that I couldn’t help but enjoy! It’s a really emotional film that manages to hold your attention the whole way through. Our only criticism is that they spend a long time building up the story and then ending it pretty quickly, however we both found the ending unpredictable.
The cinematography was stunning, it really depicts the time it was set (1987) as well as the location of a small town in Massachusetts. Every scene looks like a vintage photograph with lots of nicely placed lens flares! You could happily take each still, frame it, display it on your home and call it art!
The acting was amazing and all the characters were likeable and well played, Kate Winslet has had a little place in my heart ever since Titanic and really didn’t disappoint at making you feel every single emotion of Adele. I hadn’t heard of Josh Brolin who played the convict until this film but he portrayed the role brilliantly and was great at getting across the other dynamics of Franks personality. Tobey Maguire was quite a funny addition with him popping in for about 10 minutes of the film which I personally think could have been anyone. (That’s nothing against him or his acting, it was just such a small role it could have been anyone!)
Although the film was penned as a flop due to negative reviews from Rotton Tomatoes I thought the Amazon reviews were way more on point. It’s a really well made, romantic film with a lot of emotion. It’s not just targeted at one type of person and has elements that I think everyone will like. It’s a new favourite of mine that I am really happy to share.
Have you seen Labor Day? What did you think of it? Have you read the book?