I wanted to like this more. It started to lose me about an hour in (that scene with Bruce Dern at the campfire was absurd) and I never got back into it. It got very sentimental at the end. I almost forgot how much I liked the first half of it by the time it ended.
It started to feel a little slow in the second half, with her son, Brian’s recovery/spiritual awakening. The second half moved a lot faster than the first, but it loses some of the true-to-life, brittle charm of the first half.
Still, it is a thrillingly good drama about a seemingly saintly but profoundly unhappy elderly woman and her social circle. It focuses heavily on her efforts to get her adult son to give up drugs and go back to rehab.…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had a pretty good time. But calm down. Yes, it’s effectively tense. It’s also pretty dumb. That whiteboard is ridiculous. Who printed the NY Post with that headline (“IT’S SOUND!” - not really) and delivered it to upstate NY and why? “What is the weakness?” The weakness is the whiteboard. (I wrote that before I saw Mike D'Angelo's tweet saying the same thing.)
It also has much more score than it needed.
And I’ll be honest. I think it’s batshit crazy that they didn’t terminate that pregnancy.
Otherwise, effectively made.