Mare Of Easttown (2021)
Dr. Corinne Masur
**** 4 stars out of 5
1 Kleenex Rating
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Suggested Age Range: For Adults Only
As much as it is about anything, Mare of Easttown is about parenting.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should know ahead of time that it is not a show for children or young teens. It is not even a show for many adults, containing as it does, many of the most egregious evils of this world. But it IS worth watching both for all its twists and turns and for it’s meditations on parenthood.
Mare of Easttown is a well conceived drama and who-done-it. And while it is fun to debate whether the Philly accent is sufficiently authentic or whether Kate Winslet had to gain weight to play the role of Mare, it is also interesting to look at it as a primer on the full spectrum of parenting with all its complexities and opportunities for love, conflict, misunderstanding and loss. It deals with the imperfections of parents and children alike, with the many mistakes both can make finely portrayed. In this show there are secrets and betrayals and fierce love and loyalty. It faces, head on, the fact that parenthood is messy and complicated, often painful and sometimes tragic. In this show, as in life, both mothers and fathers make the worst of errors, use the poorest of judgement, and commit the most heinous of acts while still loving and wanting to protect their children.
Dr. Corinne Masur
FOR ADULTS ONLY
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood gets five stars from me – but it’s strictly for adults only. This movie is not what you think it is and if you haven’t heard much about it yet, I advise you not to try to find out what it’s about – just go and see it!
In this review, I am not about to be the one to spoil it for you, but what I will say is the following: This is a revelation of a movie – it’s filmed in the most imaginative way, combining whimsical images from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with the most poignant and painful realities of adult life and struggle. Tom Hanks is brilliant as Mr. Rogers but so are ALL of the other cast members. The plot is complex and takes you in directions you would not have expected to go when you entered the theater. Have your Kleenex ready.
This is not entirely a feel good movie, as it revolves around the emotional complexity of adult relationships. However, in all likelihood it WILL leave you feeling that you’ve seen a really, really good movie.
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