Wow. What an intense movie.
The acting was amazing. It was well shot. But that's not where this movie shines. It shines in theme. It shines by the way it takes your idea of success and happiness and in addition your ideas of escapism and being "different" from the norm, and just stomps all over all of them. What makes a person happy? What makes a family happy? Where do responsibility and love collide with chasing your dreams and not settling for a mediocre life? And which of them wins that battle?
This was a great film. It just makes you think. If you are struggling with these themes, this movie encourages you to keep fighting. If you feel like you have it figured out, then you need this movie to remind you that you don't. Because you don't.
Here are a couple of quotes.
"Tell me the truth, Frank, remember that? We used to live by it. And you know what's so good about the truth? Everyone knows what it is however long they've lived without it. No one forgets the truth, Frank; they just get better at lying."
"Our whole existence here is based on this great premise that we're somehow very special and superior to the whole thing, and you know what I've realized...? We're not! We're just like everyone else. Look at us! We've bought into the same ridiculous delusion. This idea that you have to resign from life and settle down the moment you have children. And we've been punishing each other for it."
OK, time to make my saturday count. But, do me and you both a favor, especially couples. Watch this movie.