Man in the Chair, a MUST SEE film!
I am terrible at writing reviews, so I probably shouldn't be. But I
will anyway because I feel so compelled to tell the world to go see
this movie! It is the most beautiful film I have seen in years. This
film is the reason I love to sit in a dark theater, to be engulfed by
drama, to feel more human.
Man in the Chair has many wonderful components that make it great.
First to note, the amazing Christopher Plummer. His performance was
brilliant and flawless. He always delivers a great performance but with
age he seems to get even better!
Next, the editing was amazing! I really liked the sped up effect (for
lack of a better word) and I felt it was done in a very poetic way.
I enjoyed the story itself, how we are a "throw away" society and how
we discard our elderly, unlike some cultures who worship and respect
them. With our "throw away" tendencies, we do the same to animals when
they no longer fit our lifestyles. The disturbing animal shelter scenes
tore at my heart. Being someone who rescues dogs from high kill
shelters, I knew the images were the truth.
The film brings attention to a real problem happening in the world with
vivid depiction's of elderly neglect. I am glad this was shown in such
a raw way. It's a scary reality.
I loved the performance by the actor, Michael Angarano, who depicts the
troubled young teenager, Cameron Kincaid. It was obvious that there was
true chemistry between him and Christopher Plummer, who plays Flash
Madden, a ticked off old man who drinks his sorrows away. Flash is a
retired film industry Gaffer, and Cameron tries to recruit him to work
on his student film.
There really are many great things to mention about this film. There
are some great moments of humor, like in the elderly home... but I
won't spoil the surprise!
Without writing an entire novel, I simply want to say that if you love
movies, keep an eye out for this one. It is truly a must see. As you
can tell, I absolutely loved it! The world should experience it's magic
as well. I really hope this becomes, "The Little Indie Movie That
Could." Chuga chug chug....
Wow What A Great Film.
I fell in love with film again last night when I saw this film. Reborn
faith in humanity and that a ending can be all things like in life,
sad, happy, anticlimactic; probing one to start their own personal
inventory of what life is really about. This done so effortlessly all
wrapped up in one film with out feeling preachy or like an old clich.