Labor Day FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Paramount Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Mr. Mudd and Right of Way films present a 111 minute, PG-13, drama, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, direction and screenplay by Jason Reitman with a theater release date of January 31, 2014.
First off I have to say “wow” what an intense film with the right mixture of drama, suspense, intrigue, thrills and romance. It was tormenting enough for Adele (Kate Winslet) that she lost her husband Gerald (Clark Gregg) but it was even worse that she lost love. After living through some very trying times in her life it made matters worse for Adele as she became a recluse living in an old run-down house in Holton Mills, New Hampshire with her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). Henry tried everything to keep his mother focused on life rather than depression, he even created a coupon book for her making his personal services available to her as a handyman, massage therapist, movie date and more but Adele could still not escape the pain inside her heart.
She would leave her home once a month with Henry to get supplies at the local Pricemart but one day things were very different when Henry got approached by Frank (Josh Brolin) who was bleeding and in need of a ride. At that moment both Adele’s and Henry’s lives would never be the same. You see Frank is an escaped prisoner who was serving eighteen years for murder. Throughout the story the audience gets to witness flashbacks of Frank’s (Tom Lipinski) younger years and the crime he had committed. He needed a place to hide out until his wounds mended so he had Adele drive him to her home and over a matter of several days both Adele and Henry got to witness a loving man that could cook and bake extremely well making one of the best peach pies they have ever tasted.
Matters started to become difficult when Adele begins to develop feelings for Frank. The neighbors come visiting, police are cruising the neighborhood, road blocks are stationed in and out of town and Henry has started to experience the drive for girls, one in particular Eleanor (Brighid Fleming). Secrets begin to unravel leading to a possible “Bonnie & Clyde” moment causing Frank and Adele along with Henry to try and run for it. Years later we learn the fate of the situation, the relationship between Henry and his father, the love that Adele felt for love and the A plus Henry got for baking at his Farm Stand Bakery yet mostly throughout it all everyone understood that in life its best not to be alone. How true!
There are so many side stories added into this film that make it phenomenal. Hats off to Reitman, who honestly does a superb job directing and writing this adaptation bringing it from the novel to the big screen, giving the audience a thrill ride from start to the finish. At one point causing you to fear for the characters’ lives, jump in your seats from a sudden traumatic moment or tear up for the true beauty and emotions that prevail throughout this well scored dramatic masterpiece.
Winslet is haunting, Brolin mysterious and both were perfect together making the audience feel every ounce of tension, fear, emotional attachment, keeping the audience invested in their characters throughout the entire film. Griffith was an absolute delight and was a huge part of the story line. There are many cameo roles with names like Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith and others all including a great list of supporting characters that help make this film a must see in the theater. Written and thoroughly enjoyed with three and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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