The Safety of Objects Reviews
"Man is nothing w/o a purpose!" Perfect.
Seems dragged down by its own heaviness in plot and abundance of characters, this movie is about 4 families/parents & kids with their own storylines that interweave. The transition isn't smooth and is more jerky and you're guessing [not in a good way] about what happened as the story slow [in a bad way] unravels.
Has a good cast of Glenn Close, Patricia Clarkson, Dermot Mulroney and even a young Kristen Stewart [who did fine work back in the day before being typecast as "Twilight" girl]. This movie felt really long...it's 2hours 1minute and you feel it. End was ok, buildup was molasses.
"How did I get here? Somewhere along the way, things have gotten out of hand. I don't know how. I tried to do things right, but... maybe that's the problem. Maybe there is no right or wrong. We're ruled by chaos. That would make more sense. That there are no rewards, no punishments. Life isn't a series of results of things done right or wrong. It's all just random. Those are the rules. There are no rules."
Directed by Rose Troche, 'The Safety Of Objects' features great acting performances from the following cast:
1.) Glenn Close (Esther Gold)
2.) Joshua Jackson (Paul Gold)
3.) Jessica Campbell (Julie Gold)
4.) Dermot Mulroney (Jim Train)
5.) Alex House (Jake Train)
6.) Moira Kelly (Susan Train)
7.) Mary Kay Place (Helen Christianson)
8.) Patricia Clarkson (Annette Jennings)
9.) Kristen Stewart (Sam Jennings)
10.) Timothy Olyphant (Randy)
I may not be a fan of independent cinema, but when I watched 'The Safety Of Objects' I find it as an excellent story for the series of overlapping stories about four different families in one big confusion. The comatose state that Paul was in may be silent to me as while Joshua Jackson didn't deliver any lines, he at least did a good acting job. As she's playing the tomboyish, short-haired Sam Jennings who likes to smoke, the young Kristen Stewart was only seven years away from 'Twilight'. I got amused with the voice-overs when Jake has romantic fantasies with his younger sister's doll - and I wish I'd like to have such fantasies while looking at the dolls. (Just kidding...I would never do that!) Since this is a drama, 'The Safety Of Objects' may be slow but it's not at all boring; its plot is moving that it helped me get through my viewing experience. I would like to watch more independent movies like this.
I was kind of disappointed by this film; I think I was expecting a lot more due to the fact that it has a cast that is to die for. The problem with this film, however, isn't the cast. In fact, the cast is quite good. The main problem is the story. There's too much going on and at the same time not enough is going on.
I'm sure the source material is lovely, but I was not enthralled at all during the film. I often found it to be quite dull. It has its moments, that's for sure, thanks to the excellent performances from Glenn Close and Patricia Clarkson, but their stories only make up about forty percent of the film.
The film drags along at parts and it's really painful to get through. This film tackles the popular intertwined lives storytelling style, but unfortunately it falls flat compared to something like Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. Most of these characters' stories are just uninteresting and it's just not worth the time to delve into the drama.
Rose Troche's direction is subtle and effective at times, but it's her screenplay that is the weak link here. Kudos to the actors, but unfortunately they can't save this from being just another dull installment to the expanding pile of suburban tragedy films.
The rewatch was just as good. Great cast including a very young Kristen Stewart. I liked how the stories about the three sets of neighbours all wound together. Though it is a drama, there is some black humor there as well. The Barbie doll in particular made me laugh. Very realistic with that hair - kind of creepy actually!
I felt confused during the majority of the film, not really knowing what I was watching and I don't even think I could possibly explain what it was about if someone asked me.
First of all I watched it because of Kristen Stewart being in it and even though it was her first movie and she was great in it this movie isn't worth watching twice, barely even once.
The unique opening titles introduce the audience to the various families that we assume will be part of the story. And as per usual with these sorts of films, all the families are connected in various ways - but particularly by one tragic event. The characters in "The Safety of Objects" are not all completely bizarre, they're actually quite realistic. Well, realistic of how complicated people can be. Realistic of how grief and tragedy affect people.
For those who love a good drama with interesting characters that isn't a complete downer, "The Safety of Objects" is a movie you should definitely check out. Any fans of Olyphant or Stewart will no doubt like it either way, but it IS worth watching. It's absolutely the performances that make this strange film so compelling.