The Art of Getting By (2011) is about a high school boy who thinks that life is about more than just the mundane things of high school. I have to say that I really enjoyed this film–I always like these quirky, indie, character-driven movies that Emma Roberts has been doing lately. The characters are normal people–so much more relatable than the big blockbuster type movies. Fredie Highmore (who I will always think of as a little kid because of Peter in Finding Neverland) plays a character who isn’t “normal.” But the way he is perceived, he is a normal teenager. He;s looking for something, for himself. High school is all about feeling like an outcast. And here that’s seen as a good thing. He finds what is important to him and that’s really the only thing in life that matters.
Carnage (2011) is a film by Roman Polanski about two couples that get together to talk about their sons fighting. The couples are played by Kate Winslet & Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster & John C. Reilly. While talking about their sons, each couple starts to fall apart until they can’t take it anymore. This film is adapted from the play God of Carnage but I have to say that not much changed. The whole thing takes place at the one couples apartment and although the other couple tries to leave multiple times, they get roped back in to more craziness. It is very dialogue based so the movie lasted just a little over an hour but at times it felt like a longer movie. All these characters are completely crazy (although they seem normal at first) just like normal people. They have normal problems that seem to blow completely out of proportion. The cast was genius–something that I didn’t think was possible after seeing James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden on Broadway. Plus I LOVE Kate Winslet! Favorite actress ever!!