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Shrink (2009)

20 Oct

shrinkThe 2009 Shrink movie starring Kevin Spacey as main character, may not be a box office hit, but it is carefully crafted and has something special.
It has some lacks, but its elements work in synergy and Spacey’s interpretation is gorgeous.

He plays the role of a well know therapist in Hollywood, who has many stars as patients. Recently her personal life has gone through an emotional tragedy and he feels no longer in shape to help others, although he never quits his job. To try and make him get over his grief, his father will send him a new patient, a young highschool girl who is going through a difficult moment. In the end he will help her and she will help him in some way; no they don’t get into a relationship!jemma
Actually it is not a cliché film, although it has a happy ending, it is quite natural in how it approaches peoples feelings and emotions, with a smooth pace and rhythm.

Maybe there are too manny characters, provoking the dilution of some subplots; but taking in account that it is the first hollywood work for the novel screenwriter Thomas Moffett, overall he has done a good job. Structure and dialogues are interesting, and the relation of the main character with each of the rest builds up his dimensions and takes the story forward in an elegant way. Plus it has good sense of humor, delicately introduced into the drama.shrink3

The director, Jonas Pate, who comes form a tv background, uses some visually interesting shots, esthetic, and achieves an intimate atmosphere in the character vs character conversations.

I also feel there is a good actors direction in this film, as all of the interpretations (Robin Williams, Mark Webber, Keke Palmers, Jack Huston or Laura Ramsey, amongst others) came out quite natural and convincing, and look very shrinkframe2spontaneous; although some of the actions are not properly justified, leaving a slight sensation that some of the things that occur are a bit forced.

Don’t miss on this movie, one rainy sunday afternoon, we must give a chance to new voices in the industry, and it is entertaining.

Rebeca

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