B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B- Film: B
is a charming dysfunctional family film with wonderful performances
and a powerful screenplay that focuses on issues that lower income
families have to face when one of the parents is a bi-polar manic
depressive. Starring Mark Ruffalo (in a rather eccentric performance
as Cameron) and Zoe Saldana, this charming film is beautifully
photographed and edited and is enjoyable from start to finish. Based
on Maya Forbes' autobiographically inflected Infinitely
Forbes directs this adaptation.
a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway
house, Cameron (Ruffalo) attempts to rebuild a relationship with his
two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe
Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York,
they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day
care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a
series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes.
works in the film is the set-up. We see this loving family joined
together in Super 8mm film-style home video flashbacks and on
bizarre, fun little adventures. Then we see the tone turn as Cameron
starts having one of his episodes. From this brilliant setup, the
rest unfolds into a satisfying third act that doesn't disappoint. I
won't be surprised if we hear about this film again come Oscar
in 1080p 1.78 X 1 high definition with a pristine, lossless DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fantastic on
Blu-ray disc. Kudos to Sony for pulling all the stops here!
Commentary with Mark Ruffalo, Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky
Angeles Film Festival Q&A with cast and filmmakers
is a great film! Check it out!