In The Bedroom - movie review (February 27, 2002)

I saw this movie a few weeks ago. It was on my list of movies to see, moreso once the Oscar nominations came out.

I liked the movie quite a bit (in spite of the less-than-ideal viewing situation I was in - the entire row of older teens behind us coming and going and then finally leaving en masse and then the bored and crying child a few rows ahead who was very disruptive, especially during this very quiet movie). It was an interesting character piece, very much an actor's film. I hadn't known much about the film when I'd first wanted to see it, and then unfortunately had a major plot point spoiled for me prior to seeing it.

Both Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek are terrific in this picture. There is an especially explosive kitchen scene between the two that must have been very difficult. Both Oscar nominations are well deserved.

Marisa Tomei does a fine job in this picture, but I don't agree with the nomination. While she does a good job, I didn't think her performance was particularly stand-out. I can think of a few other actresses who I think stood out more and would have been more worthy of a best supporting actress nomination.

On a Disney-related note, there is a particular mention of something Disney that I found to be odd and given a bit too much attention. Yes, the film was made by Miramax, a Disney-owned company, but I'm not sure if that had something to do with it. But was it really necessary to give that much script time to Fastpasses?

A definite recommend.


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