Had a little bit of time to kill the other day, and figured that maybe we could go see a movie. It was 3pm. Not exactly my usual movie-viewing time, and we didn’t have the luxury of waiting around. If something fit into our schedule, then we’d have to either take it or leave it. I had hoped that Avatar might available, but it wasn’t. There was only one movie that was starting at that time, and I couldn’t really place it by the name alone. Brothers.
It wasn’t until I walked back outside to view the poster that I realized I had seen the movie trailer for this a few times, and that it seemed worth while.
Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal play brothers leading very different lives. I actually thought that they cast those two quite well. It wasn’t a stretch to believe that they could be brothers. Nathalie Portman plays the wife who tries to hold her family together when her husband (Maguire) doesn’t come back from a tour in Afghanistan as planned. This is sooo not a Padmé Amidala role. It was quite refreshing to see her acting.
I can remember hearing something about Tobey Maguire having to “decompress” from this role, and I can certainly understand why. Some not-very-nice things happen to his character, and to be able to pull it off successfully (which I think he did) and then come out of that mental “place” can’t be an easy task.
I don’t think that this is a movie that I necessarily needed to see in the theatre. It’s not like it required a big screen for visual effects, or anything like that. But I am glad that I saw it when I did. It’s not cheery. It’s probably not going to make you walk out of there laughing. But it should make you think. Make you think about what makes a family, what holds two people together, and what people are capable of doing.. the good and the bad..
I wouldn’t rush out to see it before it disappears from the theatre, but keep it in mind when you see it on the shelf of your local movie rental place in a few months.