The Layover is a new comedy starring Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton and William H. Macy. With Macy also directing, the story centres around two friends who go on a road trip and end up fighting over a handsome guy they meet…
I’m tuning into this one because I’m open to a few seemingly cheap laughs. Who knows, maybe there’ll be more to this movie than I ever imagined. I’ll be OK if there isn’t because I’m curious about Mr. Macy as a director. He’s an actor I’ll always appreciate thanks to Magnolia (1999), one of my absolute favourites.
Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, the story of Room is one of the love between a mother and her child. Particularly, in this instance, all that such a love can come to mean, given the enclosed surroundings that the two are forced to call home.
The scenes that stick with me after watching Room are the ones that involve an incredible amount of tension and suspense and the very powerful / moving moments sans dialogue.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the reasons I had to watch Room include the extraordinary story, the film’s trailer, and the promise of Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay’s performances.
The mother / son dynamic is the key focus of Room and understandably so. However, I still found myself wanting to know more about Sean Bridger’s ‘Big Nick’ character and how it is that he came to be. Something tells me that the ‘Big Nick’ movie exists, it just may not be based on a book by Emma Donoghue.
Watch Room for the performances, camera work, general execution and all that the story has to say about love and imagination.
Speaking of imagination, there’s one specific movie that popped into my mind as I watched Room and it’s Roberto Benigni’s Oscar Winning, Life Is Beautiful (1997), a movie I highly recommend.
The new trailer for Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamssonand starring Brie Larson doesn’t reveal very much. However, that’s part of what makes it good. Especially if you have an overactive imagination like mine…
I last saw Larson in The Gambler (2015), whereshe gave a good performance alongside Mark Wahlberg. As such, I’m quite excited to witness more of her talents in this leading role.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999) is the reason the name ‘Denise’ will never be the same again. It’s all thanks to a memorable line delivered by Tom Cruise as the infamous misogynist Frank T.J. Mackey.
The delivery of the ‘Denise, Denise, Denise the piece’ line may be somewhat comical, but the comedy of it is in no way the only thing that stays with you once the film ends.
Cruise’s performance is so good that it resulted in a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe win. Add Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, plus so many other great talents to the cast list of an already well written piece and you have more than a winner.
Magnolia is the first film that really made me pay attention to all the times in the future when the highly skilled Julianne Moore is listed as a cast member. There are plenty of great scenes to enjoy. I particularly adore the drugstore scene from which the above still was captured. So good!
Anderson’s film is very well executed and focuses in on several relatable life themes including one that reveals what can happen in adulthood when a young person’s support system badly fails them.
The theme that resonates most with me is regret. An important topic so expertly explored that Magnolia is a brilliant reminder for me to do all that I can to avoid it.
Make time for this affecting work of narrative artistry and you’ll see just why it has been described as epic.