Martha Marcy May Marlene

November 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ½

Without a doubt, the worst movie name I can remember. Fortunately, the film itself fares better, exploring the deep psychological and emotional damage a strong personality can wreak in the lives of vulnerable people.  The film’s success pivots on the strength of the lead actress, newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (yes, younger sister of those Olsens).  Remarkably, she pulls off this complex character beautifully.  Tension builds throughout the film, toward what you are never sure.  Thankfully, the final answer is not easily given.  The last scene will probably leave more than a few people complaining but, to me, it was the perfect way to end it.

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