Friday, February 8, 2013

Side Effects

It's always a pleasure to see a movie that seems fresh in some way.  When you see as many as I do, every movie seems like a copy, blend, or 'homage' of other films.  But as times change so does our culture.  And the current climate we live in is one where depression is omnipresent.  We see the ads for anti-depressants everywhere we look.  It's no longer uncommon or embarrassing to be on one.  So it's about time we had a film that takes a good hard look at this affliction and the medications that are so prevalent to battle it. 
Steven Soderbergh scores again (much better than he did with 'Magic Mike' or 'Haywire') with a drama about a young woman, played by Rooney Mara, dealing with depression, and exacerbated by the release of her insider-trading convicted husband, played by Channing Tatum.  And Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones play psychiatrists trying to help her.  The acting is top notch across the board, even including Tatum, one of my least favorites of late, and Mara, who didn't wow me like she did others in the American remake of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.  This is a well made, well acted, dramatic, and surprising film.  Don't watch the trailers.  Just go see it.
Grade: A

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