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What Maisie Knew (2013)

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6/10: What Parents Say This film...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What Parents Say This film is mildly recommended.What Maisie knew was her divorcing parents were constantly at odds with each other. Based on the Henry James novel and given a substantially modern revision, the film depicts scenes from a young girl's point of view as these dysfunctional adults use their daughter's unconditional love as a emotional pawn to hurt each other and selfishly gain the upper hand. The story may be old and predictable, but sadly, the battle between the separating spouses is a well known commodity and still being enacted in many broken homes today. What Maisie Knew is a film that takes an unflinching glimpse at the carnage left in the aftermath.By focusing on the littlest survivor's struggle in dealing with this bitter custody wars, the film already lays bias to Maisie's parents as evil and self-serving types. Both parents are egomaniacs and creepy. Susanna (Julianne Moore) is a narcissistic rock...

8/10: She knew who really loved...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

She knew who really loved her and who cared for her. She knew who really loved her and who cared for her...She also knew that mummy and daddy were too busy arguing to notice that the pizza guy had arrived. "What Maisie Knew" practically opens mid-tirade and Maisie, a wide-eyed six- year old girl has heard it all before, she skips innocently through their art-deco New York apartment, past her none-the-wiser parents, pulls out a fistful of dollar bills from her own piggy-bank and returns to the door to pay for the pizza."What Maisie Knew" is a re-visioning of the 19th-Century Henry James novel by the same name. The story follows Maisie, played by the captivating Onata Aprile , caught in the midst of a custody battle between her aging rock star mother Susanna and art-dealer father, Beale.Susanna intensely played by the always-brilliant Julianne Moore and Beale (Steve...

7/10: One of the very best...
Monday, June 24, 2013

One of the very best child acting performances... It always amazes me when I see a really impressive child acting performance. This is one of an impressive collective of films where a young performer has been quite outstanding. But there is something of an important difference between this one and most others. While the likes of Tatum O'Neal (Paper Moon), Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth) or Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) were all brilliant, none of them were as young as Onata Aprile. When you consider that at her age she simply will be incapable of understanding all the nuances of the screenplay, it makes it all the more outstanding just how good she is. She doesn't really say a whole lot but her looks convey massive amounts of meaning. Her performance is so natural that it reminds me of kid's drawings – so unaffected, unpretentious and instinctive that adults can never faithfully replicate them. The acting...

8/10: Thoughtful, beautiful, amazingly constructed Henry...
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thoughtful, beautiful, amazingly constructed Henry James update What Maisie Knew (2012)A truly remarkable movie, filled with great acting, masterful editing and filming, and terrific writing. The basis of it all is the core here, a glimmering Henry James novel by the same title from over 100 years earlier. It's amazing how well the story holds up set in contemporary times, and changed in many necessary (and interesting) ways. What it keeps it going is the basic heartbreaking drama of a child tossed between two indifferent parents.The mother might be seen as the main actor here, Julianne Moore, and this is the best I've ever seen her, I think. She gives a slightly fiery performance, and "slightly" is perfect, avoiding an overacting job suggested by her role as a slightly successful rock and roll star. She's terrifically awful and you come to hate her, appropriately.The father (Steve Coogan) also puts in a sharp performance playing...

8/10: A beautiful sad story "What...
Thursday, November 28, 2013

A beautiful sad story "What Maisie knew" is a story about a divorce told through the eyes of a little girl and is one of the best and saddest films to come out this year. Maisie (Onata Aprile) sees the marriage of her parents Susanna (Julianne Moore) and Beale (Steve Coogan) fall apart and sees herself becoming one of the major conflicts in a bitter divorce. The film shows divorce from the perspective of an innocence which cannot comprehend the selfish motives of two adults who are willing to hurt each other even if it comes at the cost of their own child. It is a study of how the people who are meant to act as examples in a life can act so selfishly despite the costs, and who they leave to suffer the repercussions of their actions.This is the fifth film jointly directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee. The perspective with which they told the story...

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