Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance. He has a way of really inhabiting his characters and bringing them to life. Tatiana Maslany makes a great match and Miranda Richarson is exactly what you would expect from this Massachusetts mom. Good cast. While it’s based on a true story it could have gone too Hollywood and other than some over the top flashbacks it doesn’t. Perhaps the sign of a director who’s still maturing. Not overly formulaic which makes it somewhat fresh. Just a little bit long but otherwise good film. Date night worthy but perhaps date night at home with wine and snuggling time.
This one wants to be a Disney film. Most of it is sweet. Many lines are predictable – Julia Roberts is almost too perfect making her a bit distant and unbelievable. The kids are as good as one would expect. Message points are of course on target and yes a tear was shed by the end. However, is it worth the money to see it on the big screen or can you wait and stream it. Thinking it’s a wait and stream or see it with kid(s), making it not really date night worthy.