An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Guillermo del Toro
During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.
The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Brad's Status definitely makes an effort to say something meaningful. I always like that in storytelling. At times during Brad's Status I began to think about my own choices in life (at 60+), missed opportunities, and the long and winding road from college to It was a LOL moment when Ben Stiller was described in a bar conversation about being in his 50s and he assertively comes back with "Actually, I'm 47." I wanted to like this movie but it didn't have the courage of its convictions. Real life for almost everyone is chock full of meaningful situations and dilemmas. Why oh why did the screenwriters of this fable resort to the extremes of top 1% wealth and for God's sake Harvard University. There are thousands of high quality colleges and universities across the country that could have been the object of this young man's and his father's fantasy. Why Harvard? Maybe because that name is a shortcut for wealth, privilege, and ultimate validation in the eyes of others. The poverty of that assertion is a separate question, but in this movie there's also the existential question of pegging one's self worth compared to the perceived success of others (in this case, friends from college after thirty years). That's fine, but why not make the class difference more real world? Like maybe between a 50-something with zero in 401(k) retirement savings and someone else in his suburban neighborhood with $100,000 in the bank? Why portray the difference between upper middle class and three old friends in the top 1%? That extremism ruined the movie for me and oh yeah, the ending that meant nothing. All of this Major Motion Picture resources for nothing? Ben Stiller racks his heart and soul and comes up with nothing? Thankfully there are no car crashes, CGI, or gun violence in Brad's Status. Unfortunately, the screenwriter doesn't have anything to say in this technically well made movie.
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