My Life as a Zucchini
At just over an hour long, this movie is a perfect little story about a young boy adjusting to life in a group home. I watched it in French with subtitles, even though some big names stepped up to dub the film for the U.S. release after it got such rave reviews overseas.
Beautiful animation done in classic stop-motion style. I love the character designs. I was sad when it was over because I wanted to follow more of Zucchini's story.
Just know that this is not a children's movie even though the main characters are kids. It's not a happy fluffy bunny story, these kids are in the home because they did things or bad things happened to them, so you want to make sure those viewing the film are ready to hear about such things.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Confession: I have not read this book. It wasn't assigned to my class in high school. So I was going into this with only a bare minimum of knowledge - I knew that Scout was the main character and that a court case happened and there was a guy named Boo Radley.
Books into movies are tricky things - I low Scout is the narrator of the book, but I'd say the movie felt like it switched between her, Jem, and Atticus. Even though I haven't read the book, I could feel that things were missing from the world, but at 2 hours not much more could have been added.
I am not sure how I feel about the ending, it felt rushed and maybe the book offers more by way of closure but the movie felt like it just wanted to wrap things up quickly. Plus, the odd issue of Atticus fighting for justice doled out int he courtroom and having the finale be justice happening on the "street"?
Yet again, another "old" movie that is still upsettingley relevant to what is happening in our country today. Why has so little changed.
I don't even know what to say. That was an emotional experience... Is it just me or is Jake Gyllenhaal really into movies that make you go "WTF!?" when the credits roll? Amy Adams seems to be getting into that too, at least with this and 'Arrival'. I really want to read the book that "inspired" the movie to see what more it has to say about the relationships but this movie was mesmerizing in an really upsetting way. It haunted me the same way Susan was haunted each time she put the book down. Not at all what I was expecting.
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