Thursday, August 02, 2018


This movie started off another cool winters day here in the city.  Wildlife is based on a Richard Ford novel of the same name, not an author I have read, but I have seen other movie adaptions of his work.  Set in 1950s Montana, Joe and his parents have recently moved to a small town, surrounded by hills affected by out of control wildfires.  His father is fired from his job as a golf pro, and things begin to change in the family.   Not so shocking to our modern sensibilities but maybe at the time it would have all been quite the shock.

It was a quiet movie, and you felt for Joe who I think did a great job in his role.  Although I am a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal I sometimes felt like I could see them acting - and the fights felt like something was lacking.  3/5

1 comment:

John Bellen said...

Sometimes good actors suffer from a bad script that they just can’t get a handle on, or a bad director who is making them too self-conscious.