Friday, 14 March 2014

Divorce Goddess turns in a Labor Day film review


The film Labor Day based on the book by Joyce Maynard, directed by Jason Reitman. It is a wonderful story about trust, tenderness and strength in the belief that love can present itself in so many different, unexpected and beautiful ways.  It’s a story about vulnerability, truth and love in New Hampshire in the early 80s. 

The main characters Adele (Kate Winslet), Frank (Josh Brolin) find an unexpected sanctuary within each other and their own troubled personal lives, with the addition of Henry (Gattlin Griffith) putting in an epic performance as the good, honourable and hormonal teenage Son. 
The story centres on the facets of good hearts with an unexpected teenage male role model in the form of Frank, Henry the teenage son achingly loyal to his beloved mum and the emotional challenges facing the divorced Adele.
The film opens up the issues of trust and how believing in the good of people can reap rewards unimagined, as is so ably demonstrated through the main characters. As well, the film conveys beautifully the joy and happiness that comes out of difficult life situations when we help and care for each other.

The cinematography is beautiful with lots of evocative green countryside, leafy trees and the community of folk going about their everyday lives. The film gently shapes all the images of a tranquil safe haven for an unexpected, potentially dangerous and yet sweet love.

You have to love Labor Day… it serves up a fantastic double whammy of Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, with the full gamut of endearing human emotions brought together brilliantly by Gattlin Griffith as Kate Winslet’s Son and Tobey Maguire as the Son 20 years down the line, who puts the final slice of delectable peach into this fantastic home-baked pie of love.

With love Natasha x
Thanks to Mumsnet and Paramount for the preview!

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