Monday, 25 March 2013

The Kids Are All Right

UK Release: 29th October 2010
Watched on LoveFilm Instant: Sunday 13th January 2013
Rating: 15
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 1hr 46mins
IMDb Plot Synopsis: Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

My Review: With two staples of fantastic female acting in Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, and two exciting up-and-coming actors in Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson; I knew right from the start that the acting would be outstanding. Not forgetting Mark Ruffalo of course, who played the sperm donor coming into this once stable family. This film was nominated for (and won) countless awards including 4 Oscars, two of which were for Best Performances, and 4 BAFTAs, three of which for Best Actress/Actor. It really is just an incredible display of acting talent and without these brilliant performances I don’t think this film would have worked at all. 
It was quite a controversial subject at the time, and for some people still is. Seeing lesbian couples on screen with artificially inseminated children is a rare thing in cinema and the concept immediately felt very refreshing and something we hadn’t seen before. But despite this ‘unconventional’ family arrangement the emotions were universal and you were completely enveloped by the family’s story. 
The cinematography felt bright, light and modern which added to the feel of freshness and, along with the witty script, the whole thing was a joy to watch. 

Score: 8/10

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