Thursday, October 3, 2013
What Maisie knew by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, 2012 (R)
With Julianne Moore (The Kids are All Right, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Chloe, A Single Man, Game Change, The English Teacher), Alexander Skarsgård (Melancholia, True Blood), Steve Coogan (Ruby Sparks, Our Idiot Brother), Joanna Vanderham, Onata Aprile, Sadie Rae, Jesse Stone Spadaccini, Diana Garcia, Amelia Campbell, Maddie Corman
In this updated rendering of the timeless Henry James novel, a perceptive 6-year-old girl becomes a bargaining tool when she gets caught in the midst of a toxic custody fight between her self-seeking, childish parents.
This is a very unusual movie. The whole movie is very mature, but from a maturity of a little girl that shouldn't be that aware, and it is worrying. And delicate. And at time, magical. All because through the innocence, the beauty shines, while everything ugly gets somehow erased, or avoided. It is a beautiful performance of Onata Aprile, who's intelligence is disturbing, and believable when she forgives adults for being imperfect. Alexander Skarsgård is the sweetest thing, all big and tall and teddy-bear-like handsome. Julianne Moore once more surprises with a whole new character to add to her repertoire - all Rock 'n' Roll and selfish. Steve Coogan is irritating as usual, but brought some (im)maturity to his performance, which is interesting. Overall, you would not think of this movie as American, except it is totally New Yorker... A little jewel.