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In the Bedroom /

Rated: R

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tomei, William Wise 

Directed by: Todd Field 

Produced by: Ted Hope, John Penotti, Graham Leader, Ross Katz, Todd Field 

Written by: Rob Festinger, Robert Festinger, Todd Field 

Distributor: Miramax Films


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     This is living proof that it doesn’t take a big budget to make a good movie. In the Bedroom cost 1.7 million dollars to make, The Adventures of Pluto Nash cost one hundred. This was worthy of a one-hundred million dollar budget, critics refer to Pluto Nash as being worthy of more like a one-dollar (if you could even call that enough to make a movie). The depth, drama, and provoking and intellectually profound dialogue in this movie were what made this film so good. When you’re staring at it you can care less about the sci-fi special effects now available. The story is solely what makes a motion picture so wonderful; sure those big budget Hollywood extravaganza’s are as good as this and sometimes better; but In The Bedroom fulfilled my tastes with flying colors. It satisfied me for the evening, and is an unforgettable film.

     In the Bedroom is very close to real life (only the horrific side of it), it’s insanely believable. Although it deals with extremely mature and serious themes that are very depressing, you can’t help but like it; because you can relate to it. Not personally, but definitely through world events. You can feel the characters emotions, taste their tears; you’re pulling for them. The silent moments are of the best, because they give you a chance to absorb everything so chaotic and powerfully discharged at others; when no sound is being exchanged you can collect yourself for the better. You feel like your sitting next to the people and grieving for them as the story deepens, though you’re just watching the mere story unfold on film. When your sad their sad, when your scared their scared; the violent change in emotion shown helps your understand the reality of the situation (more commonly known as a movie). The ending doesn’t give off any sense of closure, because the grieving on earth never ends; you’re just an aimless viewer who can do nothing to help; nothing at all. This is painful, but it’s a lesson; you must live on.

     The acting was fabulous. Sissy Spacek fit this role better than any other, because it had edge; though very, very realistic. And Tom Wilkinson, a man’s teary eyes have never been this scary. Marrissa Tomei was right on also, her characters personality was so multidimensional, but strived for a simplistic life. The little boys in it were incredible also, they were able to stare with such depth, such captivity; it’s almost like you knew what they were thinking, a newborn psychic. I can’t think of any one person’s performance that was bad or even remotely mediocre. The theatrical aspect of the whole thing was just flat out amazing.

     In the Bedroom was robbed at the Oscars; five nominations and no wins. The movie was powerful and had extreme meaning to me, and I think it will others. It has strong performances by everyone in it; Sissy should’ve won over Halle Berry for best actress. Marrissa Tomei should’ve also won. The scenery was remarkably beautiful for such a low budget, too; the southern tone of simplicity was its key to victory. This is an outstanding film that is unforgettable; every aspect of it runs clean. In the Bedroom is a definite must-see that shall be on everyone’s list.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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