ReviewWriter: Syahida KamarudinWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects:
NACinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Juno”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “A Single Man”
No matter if the synopsis reads that the movie focuses on a lesbian couple - throw the dysfunction aside and it is just a take on family values, and preaches the same thing about marriage, raising children and all the brouhaha. Somehow, the homosexuality label that were put there is just a smoke and mirror to make it sound less Hallmark-drama and more indie-movie material.
Truth be told, the same essence and subject matter that are covered in "The Kids Are All Right" are no different than any other TVB dramas or your basic Spanish telenovelas. A single man (or sperm donor, whichever characteristic that you find more interesting and colourful) who wants his own family, a wife (or a partner) that feels underappreciated and looks for someone that does, the husband (or the more dominant partner) feels betrayed and the children suffer. What else is new?
It is hard to say which actress plays her role more perfectly. Critics would set their eyes on Julianne Moore, with her bohemian style and her letting go all the need to shave, Moore simply steals the show from Benning, although they both look authentic enough as a couple. Mark Ruffalo doesn't seem like a 50 year old, although he really is THAT close to the age and Mia Wasikowska, fresh from "Alice in Wonderland", can't seem to play other types of characters than an uptight monotonous teenager that one might question if she is actually as uptight in real life. However the slight tremble of her lips at the last scene might suggest otherwise and it confuses you if the girl is wooden or actually very talented.
However, the movie does have its warmth and light-hearted moments and the dialogues are sincere and truthful. It tries to rationalise that no matter how unconventional a family is, it still face the same problems that any conservative family have. The real problem is that it is just too formulaic and other than the witty lines and the very real portrayal from its ensemble, the topic brings nothing new to the table except seeing a hairy Julianne Moore.Cinema Online, 08 February 2011