Great movie about working to live and not the other way (by nklepik)
I stumbled on this film when Helen made a guest appearance at Conan O'Brien show in May'15 promoting the film. If I recall correctly she said that she produced it, did the casting etc and her most favorable part was that she could pick male actors like it is usually men cast women and this time it is all different and essentially define not only the storyline but all the details. What she hadn't mentioned was I guess that the core-story was quite personal for her although I wouldn't know for sure if this was the love or the children or something else . Although the story <more>
seems to be around a classic mother-son relationship challenges and some reviewers indeed look at the film like it is such a cliché - This is where I would apparently disagree with them what I noticed is a different sense layer that is more focused on a philosophical "enjoying life" and I put this into the subject line question that I assume many people eventually run into.I wouldn't reveal the details, but I believe that one can find something in this movie that looks quite refreshing in terms of breaking work-sleep- work chain and triggers some further thinking on how it should be "right".
Helen Hunt directs as well as stars in this terrific film. With incredibly raw power and overwhelming imagery, this is a motion picture that deserves a wide release so that all may experience true film greatness. Hunt not only directs brilliantly, she gives what may well be the performance of a lifetime. Beautifully photographed and elegantly scored, the movie will seduce audiences with its incredibly story. The script is intelligent and literate and provides a story of magnificent yet subtle power. Seldom in the history of cinema do all elements needed for true greatness come together in <more>
such sublime fashion. Ride is indeed one of those rare instances.
This is a down to earth film about real life. It tackles among other thing the sometimes odd relationship between a mother and son, which are brilliantly played by Helen Hunt and Brenton Thwaites. The mother has a real hard time letting her son go as he's turning into a grown up that doesn't need his mother anymore. As a know-it-all person that likes to be on top of things she follows her son to California from New York and spies on him as he's trying to find himself and experience new things while living with his laid back dad that just want's him to do whatever makes him <more>
happy. Her ridiculous behavior is quite funny as is her interactions with the chauffeur that she hires to drive her around while stalking her son. This odd behavior is explained as the story enfolds and a tragedy from the past is brought to light. This a story about a person that seems to be in complete control of her life, but then she's swept away by changes and has to let her self go, learn to trust others and embrace the unexpected. The film is both funny and sad, and very beautiful, specially the surfing scenes that are a perfect setting for a person that is learning to be humble and accepting.
What a great script. Witty dialogue and a charming portrayal of a mother finding her way through the life crisis she wasn't quite able to admit she was living. The relationship between mother and son as he turns adult and struggles to find his way instigates the mother into her own hero's journey. The handsome helpers she picks up along they way in the roles of her driver and the and the surf instructor slash lover provide both comic relief and the opportunity for us to see her vulnerability, humanity, willingness and drive to be the best mother and person possible despite her <more>
neurosis. A bonus delight in this film is that our leading lady seems to be full on aware of her crazy, this level of self acceptance invites us all to be as we are, where we are, on our way to being who we are becoming. Well done Helen Hunt, well done.