Release Date: April 29, 2014.
Studio:Indian Paintbrush and Mr. Mudd
Stars:Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Your Rating: (2.5 out of 5 stars)
Labor Day is a new drama from Director Jason Reitman (also known for Juno) starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. It’s starts with a mother lost in deep depression and her son being forced to take an escaped convict to their home and help him hide out until he can leave town. The love deprived mother, Adele, begins to allow this wanted man in to her heart and they grow to love each other. Will their love be able to conquer the truth of his past ? Will the Police catch him before they can have a happy ending?
The premise seemed interesting to me as I anticipated watching this movie. Everything I heard about the film going in gave off a Stockholm Syndrome type of vibe. The love story portion of it seemed a bit ridiculous as these two strangers fell in love in a matter of days, 5 to be exact.Even with the initial kidnapping and forced aiding and abetting of herself and her child she looks past his murder conviction, escape from prison, and willingness to manhandle and threaten her family and neighbors to fall for him. Insanity and outright bad parenting aside, they do seem to genuinely love each other and it comes through in the performances of Brolin and Winslet. Winslet plays the traumatized shut in Adele Wheeler with subtlety and grace. Never over doing it with the neurosis but laying it on just enough to show how damaged she is. Brolin is good in his role but I think the character had to jump to extremes at times too quickly. One moment he’s baking pies and making love to Adele and the next he’s snatching her around the neck to keep Henry from saying anything to neighbors. I kind of wished he stayed the same person in those situations. Gattlin Griffith plays the teenager coming of age Henry very well here. He is a bit awkward due to living with his mother and her condition. There’s also the ever so fun puberty stage where he’s getting interested in girls. This makes the situation with Brolin’s Frank, Adele, his Father and his new family all the more confusing. It was weird though that they picked up Tobey Maguire to play an older version of Henry for like a total of 5 minutes.
All in all, Labor Day left a lot to be desired for this viewer as it seemed it never really reached the point it was meant to. I just kept waiting for this drama to seem more dramatic.The actors chosen were fantastic and all but it seemed like the Director wasn’t quite capable of getting the feel just right. Labor Day could have but didn’t tug hard enough at the heart strings of this reviewer.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.