I love Ethan Hawke, but he alone wasn't enough to inspire me to the point of traveling to see the film "Maudie", which appeared as if it would have a mediocre storyline. It came to the theater at which I work, though, so I ended up seeing it, and I was pleasantly surprised.
This film was just nice. I can't really think of a better way in which I can describe it. It was pleasant, but it wasn't super enjoyable, nor was it bad. A few parts seemed to drag a bit, but the character development was very good, so I stayed invested. The dialogue was also rather witty as a whole, so it worked well. My biggest issue of the film was its lack of portrayal of time. Upon looking up the true story, it seems as if thirty years passed over the course of the film, and it doesn't appear that way. You can tell a bit of a difference in Sally Hawkins's character, but it is nearly invisible in that of Ethan Hawke.
Production-wise, the film is solid. The cinematography is great, nearly serving as a painting on its own. The music is phenomenal, too, perfectly accenting the on-screen action, especially during the montage sequences. Both of the lead actors' performances are solid, and they handle the emotion very well, but they weren't really anything groundbreaking.
Overall, I thought that "Maudie" was a good, but not great biopic. It manages to be better than the average tearjerker, although it does still succumb to some of the flaws associated with the subgenre.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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