Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as haunted parents, and what a debut by Paul (by hariharshankar)
As an actor, Paul Dano, with his long-faced gaze of inquiring gloom, has always radiated a sense of unease. That's far from the only thing he communicates he was spectacular as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy," a performance that beautifully merged Wilson's disturbance and his joy . But a kind of hushed foreboding remains the vintage Dano mood, and "Wildlife," his directorial debut, is suffused with it.
Pure class (by beattygallery-12793)
Paul Dano, Richard Ford,Carey Mulligan....what a trifecta. Toss in Ed Oxenbould & Jake Gyllenhaal....delicious. That Oxenbould is someone to watch & Dano knows.Of course I own all of Richard Fords books and met him at the Sydney Book Festival some years back. Those ice blue eyes and switched on intellect just like Paul Dano. So happy someone is brave enough to tackle Ford just as Robert Altman embraced Raymond Carver.As soon as I learned this was Danos debut it was a must see. It had limited release in Sydney so travelled quite a distance to a cinema in an area I'd never visited. <more>
Its a big city. Five strangers were waiting to go in. I asked one if they knew the area postcode & everyone laughed as we'd all left our comfort zones for Danos debut movie and had no idea.Visually gorgeous, script & pacing smoooooth as......faultless acting & someone directing who respects other artists, understands complex emotions & embraces what makes a memorable, enduring movie. Pure class.Where would we be without such wonderful creatives. Thank you everybody.....and yes I did find my way home.
Brilliant direction and amazing acting (by saifixwebsofttechnology)
Paul Dano is one of the most intelligent mind in Hollywood. This one is an example.
Restrained yet heartfelt. (by collin-sandoe)
I have so much respect for restrained filmmaking for which this movie is an example. Its steady pace and tasteful design gives it authenticity, allowing you to feel like you are living the life of the main character Joe. The acting is superb and the characters are living, breathing individuals filled with hopes dreams and independence. Though Jeanette falters at times, she is doing what is she sees is necessary for her and her son's survival. The emotion on her face, flickering like a shorted lightbulb, portrays her fragility with great depth. The score of the film is great. The story, <more>
though maybe too subdued for some, stays with you long after this earnest movie reaches its resolution.
I thoroughly responded to this film and felt like I'd been pulled through a knothole when it was over. Everything seemed so authentic, the settings, the furniture, the streets. All the actors were perfect....my only complaint was that Mulligan was very hard to hear....I felt that I missed about 60% of her dialog, but it didn't seem to matter. You knew what she was going through anyhow.
Slice of Life (by Moviegoer19)
I very much enjoyed watching Wildlife. Whether it was a Directorial Debut or a director's tenth film, I found it to be superb, which I suppose speaks of the talent of Paul Dano. Did anyone else feel there is some resemblance between the actor who played Joe and Paul? Just an aside... The film, as other reviewers have mentioned, has a restraint to it which works well and stops it from descending into overdone pathos. In its strong quiet way it brought up emotions in me which made it a compelling film to watch. I was very involved with the experience of each character. They each were <more>
realistic with very realistic concerns. I would say that perhaps the overriding emotion I felt was anger at the parents because they each gave in to their selfish needs and wants, while leaving their 14 year old son to be the mature one. What does "mature" mean here? It means doing what's right, as in the Buddhist "right action." Jeanette, the mother, did things that made her feel good; she gave in to her own egotistic wounds and tried to fix them, at her son's expense. Likewise, Jerry, the father, did too. He drank, he gave up a job out of pride, and he ultimately pursued an adventure, also rather than do what would have been more responsible, and also, more dull. Joe, the son, was the one who was focused on the three of them as a family, as captured in the final shot of the film, symbolic as it was. One could say the theme of Wildlife was Family vs. the Individual, i.e., how much can adults sacrifice of their own desires and ambitions in the name of the family unit and/or the children? By extension, it can also be asked how is it possible, assuming it is, to satisfy both. Ironically, the teenage Joe enabled his parents to respectively pursue their own desires while he maintained the family unit. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this multi-faceted film to anyone who prefers depth to flash.
This happened to be one of my most hyped films of the year. I am a big fan of Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan so I knew I had to check this out as soon as earthly possible. Had the pleasure of attending a screening of this film at the IFC Center with directer Paul Dano and co-wwriter Zoe Kazan present for a Q & A. The film is beautiful to look at with rich cinematography, has a number of strong performances with a fantastic one from Carey Mulligan, and shows that Dano and Kazan have the talent to get behind the camera and bring a quality piece of work.The film shows a family in 1960's <more>
Montana and how life changing events cause their family to fall apart. After the father is fired, he decides to take a job putting out wildfires which causes him to leave the home for an extended period of time. During this time his wife struggles trying to hold her family together by doing whats best for them but she also questions if she even loves her husband. All this while, their teenage son has to watch his parents drift apart silently. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, and Bill Camp.As mentioned earlier the cinematography and especially the scenery in this film are gorgeous. Lush, rich and a perfect description for a simpler quieter time in 60's Montana. The film gets quite uncomfortable as you start wondering about the state of mind Jeanette Brinson Mulligan and what she gets herself into. You are basically like the teenage son Joe Oxenbould . You see things from his lenses, feel exactly what he is feeling, and can't look away much like him. Its a startling tale but one that depicts a perfect looking family where it is anything but.Carey Mulligan is one of the best actresses out there today, that's not even a debate. She's had so many great performances that I don't even know which is her best. This is definitely up there though. It's such an introspective look into the lives of a family where things are just beyond repair. I'm very impressed by Dano and Kazan. Both are talented on the camera but wow they were able to engineer something so wonderful behind the camera. I'm definitely intrigued to see if the duo decide to continue with film-making an writing.8/10
Greetings again from the darkness. Actors becoming directors is a Hollywood tradition going back many years, although it seems to be quite the trend these days. Just within the past 3 weeks, there have been feature film directorial debuts from Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, and now Paul Dano. You surely know Mr. Dano from his work as the uber-quiet brother from LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, his dual role in THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and his turn as the early years' Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY. He's a talented actor who now flaunts a near-master's grasp of filmmaking.It's Montana in 1960 <more>
when we meet the Brinsons, a typical family of dad Jerry Jake Gyllenhaal , mom Jeanette Carey Mulligan , and 14 year old son Joe Ed Oxenbould . Jerry is a gregarious golf course employee, Jeanette is a former substitute teacher - now stay at home mom, and Joe is a mostly normal teenager who only attempts to play football in order to make his dad proud, and needs his mom's help on his math homework. Jerry drinks a few beers each night and Jeanette cooks a nice family dinner. Nothing to see here.This idyllic world is shaken to its core when Jerry gets fired from his job for not respecting the boundaries with club members not what you're thinking , and his manly pride won't allow him to return to the job when the club reconsiders. Jeanette does what moms do - she takes a job as a swim teacher at the local YMCA to tide them over until Jerry can find a new job. It's at this point when we realize son Joe has extraordinary observation skills for a teenage boy, and he has a front row seat to a disintegrating marriage. Bearing the shame and frustration of a man in this era who can't provide for his family, Jerry abruptly leaves to go fight an out of control forest fire in the mountains. Joe longs for normalcy - the only life he had known to this point.Joe watches in quiet confusion as his mother evolves from doting housewife and caring mother to something and someone he doesn't recognize. She changes how she talks, how she dresses and how she acts. Jeanette is experiencing the contradiction of knowing she needs a man, and not liking that feeling one bit. She latches on to a local car dealer named Warren Miller Bill Camp . Miller is basically a master-predator seizing on his injured prey through the power of money and promise of stability, and this makes for some uncomfortable situations both for us as viewers and for Joe watching his mom. This is a family drama that doubles as insight into the changing times - what defines happiness, what role to women play, how involved are kids in household. Based on a book by Richard Ford, the screenplay is co-written by director Dano and his long-time girlfriend Zoe Kazan RUBY SPARKS, 2012 . The story is one part feminist, one part coming-of-age, and one part societal shift. These are fully drawn, complex individuals that walk, talk and react like people tend to.As Jerry, Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent in his limited scenes, and Ed Oxenbould is an intriguing young actor and captures the essence of young Joe - especially that moment when kids realize their parents are individuals, not just devices put on earth to serve kids. This is Joe's story, but it's Mulligan's film. What a terrific performance she delivers, which is not surprising, given her track record. Here she makes us feel everything Jeanette feels, and though this isn't the kind of movie to reach out and grab you, Ms. Mulligan's performance likely will. There is an expressive score, heavy on the woodwinds, from David Lang; and the cinematography from Diego Garcia is also spot on for era - as is the authentic set design. Mr. Dano has delivered an exceptional piece of filmmaking for what will likely be a very limited audience. Those that seek it out will be rewarded.
DANO'S WILDLIFE: A TURBULENT VIEW OF ADOLESCENCE (by babyjaguar)
As his first directorial debut, Dano presents a beautifully woven tale of small town marriage through the eyes of 14 year old boy. The story based on a 1990 book by Richard Ford, scripted by Zoe Kazan; Dano's direction is on a great start on the telling of 1960s family going through a transformative change.Its centers on the Brinson family: mother, "Jeanette" helmed by Carey Mulligan, father, "Jerry" helmed by Jake Gyllenhaal and the son, "Joe" moving into a new town. This is a wonderful depiction of small town life, exploring the economic class divide, as <more>
"Joe"'s father trying to hold to jobs while observing the frustration of his mother maintaining the "nuclear" household.Dano's focuses on the loneliness of "Joe", he has only one friend and quits the football to take a part-time job after his family's economic situation worsens. As his mother plunges deeper into depression and drinking indulgence, "Joe"'s job as a photographer assistant allows him an insight to other families lives in the town via portraiture . I feel the strength of this film is held together by the acting talents of Ed Oxenbould is truly "Joe Brinson".This is only flaw in this film that Dano's newly founded talents did not delve into the one of charming aspects of "Joe": his tendency to observe everyone from his parents as to random strangers. This aspect obviously reflected through "Joe"'s artistic but emotional outlet for his sadness, portraiture. But in all, Dano's first entry is promising. This film illuminates a steady pathway for Dano to tell humane stories amidst beautifully-photographed "Americana" cultural landscapes.