5. Hateship, Loveship (2013)
Kristen Wiig stands out as the shy and self-effacing Johanna. The film is built around her character and the relationship she shares with no one in particular. The latter is rectified as the movie progresses, deftly preaching the script’s scarce emotional depth and the camerawork’s efficacy. It is the outlandish characters and their drive that keeps the movie going, eventually running out of fuel in the end.
4. Begin Again (2013)
A divorced record label executive and an emotionally vulnerable and talented artist find each other to provide new meaning to their lives. ‘Begin Again’ lets go of unnecessary character foreplay and instead lets the magic of music and the story take precedence. What the movie does so well is minimalizing its structural and technical requirements and affords enough time and legs to its characters to shine and grow on you. It’s carefully observed humaneness and the character of people during difficulties in life is satisfactory and certainly makes it an introspective peek into the vagaries of love and life.
3. The Homesman (2014)
‘The Homesman affords plenty of opportunities to its characters to make plot-altering decisions. Its richness in providing its characters enough space to develop and come ashore with consequences of their actions is almost envious. George, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in yet another prodigal performance, is requested to help a farm-woman, Mary, who just saved his life, to transport three mentally insolvent women across the country area. A rare 21st-century Western without shootouts or explosions, that paints a striking portrait of two individuals unable to find a happy ending, hard done by the brutalities of time and their place.
2. True Grit (2010)
After her father is murdered, 14-year old Mattie steps up and engages a semi-retired, cantankerous US Marshall Reuben, to track down the perpetrator. Initially struggling to cooperate, the two develop a close bond as they traverse ahead in their journey. The wide shots in the movie dominate the screen time and almost in a braggish cadence shows off the film’s grandeur production values. Populating their narrative with pleasing visuals and motivated characters, the Coens bring their typical brilliance and dark humor to the fore and deliver a virtuoso effort behind the camera. Veteran Jeff bridges and newbie Hailee Steinfeld give award-worthy performances to make the film a success.
1. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Tackling adolescent problems isn’t easy. Not in real life, and certainly not on celluloid. ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, though, takes in its stride the challenge and emerges resoundingly triumphant. At the center of its world in Nadine, a self-effacing and confused teenager, who struggles personally in relationships with her brother and mother. When her best friend starts dating her brother, all hell breaks loose for Nadine, setting her on a dangerous course ahead. Beautifully and realistically written, ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ admirably draws up its colorful and relatable characters with their empathetic problems. Hailee Steinfeld steals the show, while Woody Harrelson quietly shines in the background.
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