Take Shelter

November 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment
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The more this film sits with me, the more I love it.  On the surface, it is about a man’s first schizophrenic break at 35 years old.  As just that, it is a brilliant film.  Every step of his journey into madness is so authentic and heartbreaking.  The acting is as good as it gets, particularly from the two leads: the little known Michael Shannon and the ridiculously ubiquitous Jessica Chastain (without a doubt, she is 2011’s actor of the year).  There are moments between the two of them that are breathtaking.  So much anguish, fear, strength and courage is caught just in their faces.  However, that is not all the film is about.  It is an allegorical look at the battered American psyche: our loss of confidence and our uncertainty about the future.  Amazing.  And that ending!  Some will hate it but it is the most compelling one I’ve seen since “A Serious Man.”

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