MY GRADE KEY: A+ (Outstanding); A (Perfect); A- (Almost Perfect); B+(Great); B (Very Good/Memorable); B- (Good w/some flaws); C+ (Above average); C (Average); C- (Okay, but disappointing); D+ (Bad); D (VERY bad); D- (Dreadful); F (Don’t waste your time)
Time: 111 minutes
Genre: Romantic Drama
Netflix Synopsis: What begins as a short ride turns into a life-changing event for divorced single mother Adele Wheeler and her 13-year-old son, Henry, when they give a lift to a bloodied man on a fateful Labor Day weekend.
My Grade: B-
My Take: This is the story of an escaped prisoner who forces his way into the home and lives of an emotionally damaged woman and her teenaged son. And with the star combination of Josh Brolin (yum) and Kate Winslet, you know it’s a recipe for greatness right? Well, yes and no. I don’t understand why the film was told from the child’s POV (at least 95% of it was). To me, the meat of the story was how Kate Winslet’s heroine blossomed in the span of 5 days with Brolin. The two of them were really good together. But the viewer didn’t get to enjoy the subtle nuances of their budding romance because everything was seen through the child’s eyes. Don’t get me wrong, there were many good things about this film. What the viewer was able to see of the romance was wonderful, but I found myself wanting more. And unfortunately, there were many predictable and sometimes STOOOPID mistakes that led to the inevitable confrontation with the law. Overall, I did enjoy this movie, only again, I wish they would’ve given the romance room to breathe.