Epic's Review of The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right(2010)
So I watched "The Kids are All Right" staring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore & Mark Ruffalo. I'll have to admit my first thoughts before I watched this were that this was going to be about the trials and tribuations of a lesbian couple dealing with their children's interest in thier biological father. But I found it to be much more than that. This movie pays homage to all families and how they react to elements that aim to undermind them.
The relationship between Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) was a very familiar one. Nic was the smart and driven one as well as the provider and Jules was the "under appreciated" homemaker. One thing that became apparent quickly in thier relationship was Nics obsession to be in control, it was obvious she was the disciplinarian. Like most control fanatics she has the most difficult time dealing with Paul (Ruffalo) as it seems he has laid claim to the children and Jules.
One of the biggest surprises was Mia Wasikowska"s performance. She did such a terrific job as the eldest child dealing with her feelings about sex and relationships. The emotions that she was able to betray seemed very real and complex, I will keep an eye on her as her skill improves. Btw she also did a wonderful job in "Alice in wonderland (2010)" as Alice, if you havent seen it you should think twice.
Now to me the biggest draw to this film was Julianna Moore, she is so flexible as an actress and once again she does not disappoint. Her flawed character learns some big lessons about child-rearing, marriage and loyalty. I was afraid that this movie might rely on the lesbian alternative lifestyle to drive the story and plot, it does take advantage in designing a unique situation, although it feels natural and flows well with it instead of making a point to exploit it in every scene.
In summary, I would like to congratulate the makers of this movie for producing a film that takes a unique family unit and manages to tell a story that reflects how any family would/should handle an outside threat. I found myself very engaged while watching and not being able to guess how it would end.
I give "The Kids are All Right" a 3.5/5.0