I’m going to be blatantly
honest with you. My taste in movies usually aligns with the average
15-year-old boy. Think Superbad or Talladega Nights:
The Legend of Ricky Bobby. I know there are all kinds of misogynistic and degrading aspects to this whole
genre of films, but I simply can’t help myself. The urge to
laugh at menial things is all too tempting.
That said, I can (and often
do) appreciate well-made movies of a more serious nature, especially
if a favorite actor is in it. That is exactly the case with Sleepwalking.
Starring Charlize Theron,
alongside Nick Stahl and AnnaSophia Robb, the movie tells the story of a little
girl (Robb) who must deal with her mother’s (Theron) abandonment and
adjust to life with her uncle (Stahl). Stahl’s character, on
the other hand, goes through his own discovery process while trying
to reconcile his childhood with the predicament he finds himself
in now. When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought
it could be one of those rare movies that captures things that actually happen to real people.
I love Robb’s line, “I’m
not pretending to do my homework; I’m pretending not to hate my life!”
With a Sundance Film Festival screening under its belt, the film’s Hollywood,
red-carpet premiere was last Friday, leading up to its release this
Unfortunately, most of the reviews of Sleepwalking agree that
although the acting and cinematography
are superb, the
story arc leaves something to be desired. Regardless, I will probably
still go see this film. I have always adored Theron’s choice
of roles, and I predict a North Country– or Monster-like
performance from her in this one as well.