Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Labor Day film review
Went to see this film today at Leeds/Bradford Odeon as part of the Senior Screen.
IMDB says: 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.
Kate Winslett (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) stars as Adele and Gattlin Griffith (Green Lantern, Changeling) as Henry who take in Frank (Josh Brolin of No Country for old Men and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) an absconded murderer.
In this Jason Reitman written and directed film (based on the novel by Joyce Maynard), Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man, Pleasantville) narrates as the older Henry recounting the events of the Labor Day weekend, interspersed with flashbacks of Frank's life to point towards what really happened before he was sent to prison.
There is a wonderful sense of impending doom throughout the film, with an undercurrent of 'what might happen' and it is cleverly done to show how easy it is to be manipulated into thinking a certain way about a person given only negative information.
Henry was the only one helping his mother, but he could only do so much, but the presence of this man in his home, helps his mother just as much as they are helping him hide from the law. By the end of the movie, you realise that Henry's biological father (played by Agents of SHIELDs Clark Gregg) was the real person who let this little family down, not an escaped convict.