16 October 2017

Angels Crest

Angels Crest 2011
  • Director: John Crowley
  • Based on the book by Leslie Schwartz
  • Cast: Thomas Dekker, Mira Sorvino, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern, Kate Walsh
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Mira Sorvino – Lulu on the Bridge, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, Beautiful Girls
    • Lynn Collins – Lake House, Merchant of Venice
    • Elizabeth McGovern – Woman in Gold, Downton Abbey, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, If Not for You, Racing for the Moon, Ragtime
    • Kate Walsh – Fargo, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Norm Show, Homicide Life on the Street
  • Why? Elizabeth McGovern
  • Seen: 8 October 2017      

       A little boy disappears from his young father Ethan’s pickup in a wintery mountain forest. The townspeople search. Tensions, conflicts, accusations arise quickly and when the boy is found dead the father is charged with the boy’s death. The townspeople are divided – guilty or not guilty?
       It’s a story of grief, dysfunctional families, estrangements, bitterness, violence – suppressed or almost – loyalty and betrayal.
       There are too many characters to keep straight and too much jumping from one story line to another for the viewer to become really involved. Like all films and books about small isolated towns it makes me feel claustrophobic. It’s very dramatic though and the natural setting – the Rocky Mountains? Alaska? – is sensational.
       And McGovern proves once again that she can put genuine depth into a wide variety of characters, this time as a kind, naïve lesbian, light years away from the Ladies Whatsit in Downton Abbey and Cheerful Weather for the Wedding and the stern judge in the recently seen Woman in Gold.

3 * of 5   

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