Ordinary People

This film is probably best known as being the movie that won the Best Picture Oscar over Raging Bull.  To be honest I always thought that latter was a little bit overrated because the first half was so much better than the second half but that’s still a tall hurdle to overcome .  I thought that the first half of the film was just ok as it seemed kind of deliberate.  But as the second half of the film played out it became clear as to why the methodical pacing of the first half was necessary.  The last twenty minutes of the film are absolutely fantastic and I found the resolutions to be very interesting.  I particularly enjoyed the exploration of the idea that not only can we be prisoners of certain events, we can be prisoners of our interpretation or recollection of those events.  It’s a really fascinating concept.

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Movie title: Ordinary People

Movie description: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

Date published: 2020-06-05

Director(s): Robert Redford

Actor(s): Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth McGovern, Dinah Manoff, Fredric Lehne, James Sikking, Basil Hoffman, Scott Doebler, Quinn K. Redeker, Mariclare Costello, Meg Mundy, Elizabeth Hubbard, Adam Baldwin, Richard Whiting

Genre: Drama

My Review

This film is probably best known as being the movie that won the Best Picture Oscar over Raging Bull.  To be honest I always thought that latter was a little bit overrated because the first half was so much better than the second half but that’s still a tall hurdle to overcome .  I thought that the first half of the film was just ok as it seemed kind of deliberate.  But as the second half of the film played out it became clear as to why the methodical pacing of the first half was necessary.  The last twenty minutes of the film are absolutely fantastic and I found the resolutions to be very interesting.  I particularly enjoyed the exploration of the idea that not only can we be prisoners of certain events, we can be prisoners of our interpretation or recollection of those events.  It’s a really fascinating concept.

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