[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]
Take Shelter (15/09/12)
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
If you were having wicked crazy dreams of the mother of all storms, would you go and make sure you’ve got a shelter to run to? I reckon I’d be rocking back and forth in the corner of my bedroom. But it’s good to see that there are some more pro-active people out there. Even if they are fictitious.
Take Shelter is one of those films that just keeps questioning what you really think is going on as well as the main character. At times I was fully onboard with Michael Shannon’s Curtis just going a little bit crazy. But then other times I was right there with him. I think much of that has to do with Michael Shannon’s performance. He makes you fully believe. Believe in his own inability to tell reality from fiction.
Jessica Chastain’s got another great role under her belt here. Before this year, I hadn’t seen a single film of hers and now I’m up to four! All of them she’s been very, very good. Her performance here is up there with how great she was in The Help and The Tree of Life. Jessica’s Samantha seems like quite a fragile woman on the surface, but she’s incredibly strong. But Jessica has a knack for almost under playing the strength. In a good way.
I do admit to getting a little bored towards the end section. The build up was just building and building and I was left waiting for something to happen. It meandered a little too much in the middle for me.
Visually, it’s stunning. There are so many beautiful shots in this film. From the flock of birds, the storm, when Curtis looks to the sky so many times. Beautiful.
Very engaging and beautiful looking film. Keeps ya guessin’!