In America - movie review (February 7, 2004)

This is a movie that I'd been wanting to see, moreso after it garnered Oscar nomations for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, especially since I'm a fan of Jim Sheridan's prior films, and the film is a partially autobiographical telling written by Sheridan and his two daughters.


The film deals with a family, which includes two small children, who moves to New York from Ireland as they adjust to their new life.  It's not one of those sweeping epics nor does it address grand issues, but rather about everyday things in life, but it does the job so well.  You really get involved with the family, especially as you try to piece together events that happened previously in the family's history.


While I think the story is very good, I think the biggest asset is in the acting.  All of the actors in the major roles are terrific, as would be expected given the Oscar nominations.  What really impressed me, though, was the acting of the two daughters, played by real life sisters Sarah (11 and in her second feature film) and Emma (7 and in her feature film debut) Bolger.  They each have quite a role in this film, and they pull it off with complete believability.  It will definitely be interesting to see how their careers develop from here.


As much as I enjoyed the four out of five films I've seen that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, in my opinion, the best picture of the year was "In America".


A definite, definite recommend.



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