Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Ordinary People" (1980, Dir: Robert Redford)

Best Picture-winning Robert Redford film is well-acted and very well-written, but falls prey to many of the problems that plagued 80s filmmaking - easy sentiment and that GODDAMN SPARKLY MUSIC SCORE among them.

The cast is good all around - Mary Tyler Moore's frozen facial expressions fit the character's backwards slide of repression perfectly. Timothy Hutton is solid but never really transcended the material, in my opinion. Judd Hirsch's character should have been written out entirely - he's just a cipher to make the difficult subject matter easier to swallow for mainstream audiences. Elizabeth McGovern is sweet and touching in a supporting role. Donald Sutherland takes the top prize with a beautifully restrained performance.

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