Short Reviews: “Make Way for Tomorrow” and “Green Zone”

Make Way for Tomorrow | Leo McCarey, 1937

There comes a period when unless you have been through some of the stuff your parents been through, you have very few common interests. And, from what I’ve seen, once you start making your own life, you feel like you are doing things differently, therefore you have less things in common with your parents. Yet, we never stop and think about how they feel about all the changes that are happening within the family and the world. This is especially true today since families are busier than ever, technology changes by the minute, and human contact is almost non-existent thanks to the technology. This is why for me Make Way for Tomorrow resonated so strongly.

This story about a couple who has been married for 50 years and are forced to separate after losing their home is easily one of the most moving movies I’ve ever seen. The scenes where we see the family reacting to having one of their parents live in their homes made me cringe in horror, but at the same time, I understood that it is hard to have to suddenly look after your parents. Also, the tears come when we see the longing that they have for each other, and how strangers react to this. It all leads to one of the most pleasing, yet sad endings that I have ever seen.

Of course, this would not have been possible without the performances from Beulah Bondi as Lucy, who commands the screen and does everything that she is supposed to do (from being sad to annoying) with perfect grace. Victor Moore as Bark is kind of the comedy relief, much needed here, but also has some sad scenes, but makes the switch perfectly. And of course, Leo McCarey’s direction is perfect. The way he captures the reaction and cuts within conversations is pure genius.

Green Zone | Paul Greengrass, 2010

My hopes for this movie were high despite the critical and box office trashing that it god. I thought that Greengrass style would suit perfectly a story about a soldier out to find the truth about why no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq in the beginning of the war. However, I was extremely disappointed when I saw that this was indeed as bad as people said.

The main problem with the movie is that it tries too hard to be an action movie when it should have been a tense, slow burning drama with some action like The Hurt Locker. Instead, what we get is Jason Bourne as a soldier in Iraq in a one-man mission to end the war. Greengrass was definitely not the guy for this, plus the screen play is not very good either. And the score, oh my god the score. It’s easily the most distracting score since Miracle and St. Anna.

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