Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Better Life

Chris Weitz; who directed "About A Boy," "The Golden Compass," and "New Moon;" after a long hiatus finally comes out with a film that is in the Oscar race. Although it is next to impossible for it to win it is still an honor to have Demian Bichir nominated for Best Actor. Yes, he gives a good performance; but is he more worthy than Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon, and Woody Harrelson? Is it becoming a thing for Oscar to surprisingly nominate a Spanish actor every year? I do not know the answers to all these questions, but do know this movie was decent, not great. Nothing really seemed to strong about this typical father and son story that was clearly a political statement about illegal immigration. I liked the movie but it never really hit home. The acting is pretty good but nothing seems great and the story never really goes down intense routes that it could have. Jose Julian gives a good performance in the role of the son however, he sometimes comes across like he is forcing it. All in all this movie is better then most but it is not one you would look forward to seeing during the Awards Season. Check out Chris Weitz's earlier film "About A Boy." It truly is a remarkable film.

3 out of 5 Stars

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