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Reviewed by Erik Q 9 / 10

An epic exploration into voyeurism

Modern adults flirt with this idea of leaving everything behind and starting again from scratch, this kind of ideology has been used in pieces of Americana to include tales of the mountain man. A single solitary figure who is seemingly in control of his own destiny, even if it's a solitary one. "Wakefield" is a film that negotiates these ideas of solitude, abandonment and puts a voyeuristic spin on the concept. Writer and director Robin Swicord known for writing such great films as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) "The Jane Austen Book Club" (2007) and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005) brings her adaptation of loneliness and love to the big screen in "Wakefield".

Howard Wakefield (Brian Cranston) is a successful attorney who specializes in litigation, although a quite lucrative profession it does not stimulate Howard in a way that is fulfilling. Howards has a wife Diana Wakefield (Jennifer Garner) and a pair of twin daughters who how feels resents him. Day in and day out Howard feels as if his contributions to the family are either unnoticed or under appreciated. Until one day things change and a power outage and long day at work leads him to seek refuge in the garage, where he stays.

Quickly the world of Howard turns from the bustling and safe life of a New York attorney, husband and father of two, to a secluded hermit. Spying on his former life from the discomforts of his own garage. Robin Swicord's adaptation of a short story from E.L. Doctrow comes to life as a film whom convention is void. Having been shot over 21 days "Wakefield" show cases the true magic in movie making by being able to do so much with so little time. The scenes of Cranston looking through the garage at his family where filmed in entirely different locations as the Garner scenes. Having to rely on the use of a video monitor Cranston invoked the raw emotions of a self-displaced father falling in love with his family again.

The Wakefield story has no rhyme or reason to its insanity, yet it voices the idea of alienation that fathers can feel in an all-female household. There is a disconnect that Howard internalizes, this is undeniable in its existence. This alienation is so strong that the allure of freedom seems lucrative to him, and when he gets his chance, he grabs it. Freedom is expensive, and Howard quickly and all to easily learns humbling lessons of survival, which ultimately teaches him the meaning as well as the cost of freedom. The story of Howard is a story of self-discovery, through pain, learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable. This new found ideology of freedom gives him a new outlook on the world around him which ultimately effects Howards outlook on life itself.

Wonderfully shot and done with a modest budget, "Wakefield" is a joy to watch, with all the unconventionality of "Benjamin Button" there is a window opened up in the soul of a suburban white male who has had enough. As unique a story as Swicord presents, it is not far off of the minds of fathers across the nation that often flirt or fantasize with the idea of under appreciation and the joy of watching others try and pick up the void their absence leaves behind.

Ultimately "Wakefield" is about abandoning all that is held sacred in search of a true meaning of self. The idea that Howard can leave everything behind is liberating and ultimately sets him free. But the real question the film asks, is what will he do with this new found freedom? Brian Cranston plays a convincing modern mountain man, so well that its uneasy to watch how effortlessly he can simply walk away from his family, his life and all that he has spent years creating, and perfecting. The story plays out like a house of cards tumbling to the floor, there is a recognition of how much work went into creating it, yet it is exhilarating and strangely fulfilling to watch it all fall down. Wakefield is this strange sense of fulfillment, that leaves a sense of happiness through chaos. Sometimes it's fun to flirt with madness and anarchy, sometimes it's just fun to let the whole house come crashing down.

Reviewed by Movie Paradise 9 / 10

Fascinatingly Introspective

Let's start first with Bryan Cranston's performance. When watching this movie, I think it would be easy for someone to overlook just how good he is. 85% of the movie is Cranston sitting in a room talking to himself, and yet he is able to bring such dimension and drama to it. He makes it look so easy and natural, and that's why it would be easy to overlook his performance. He absolutely carries the film, and it does not work without his ability as an actor. Jennifer Garner is also really good in this movie, however she is absolutely outshined by how brilliant Cranston is. Her role was also minute enough that really anyone could have played her character, whereas I don't think just anyone could have played Howard Wakefield. What struck me most about Wakefield was how much of a character study it was. It was actually more of a situational study. What does an average human being reduce themselves to when stripped of all their possessions? When they become entirely deprogrammed from society? This idea has been explored before, in films like Cast Away, but never quite in this way...

Reviewed by p-k-adey 8 / 10

Brilliant Performance by Bryan Cranston

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bryan Cranston's character devolve, much as his character in Breaking Bad did. He does a wonderful job showing us what made his character do what he did. Jennifer Garner is great as his wife. Beverly D'Angelo is amusing as Jennifer Garner's mother. There are dark moments, but also periods of levity. Bryan Cranston has to carry the majority of the film as we see everything through his eyes or as he interprets it. It is a unique way to show a person as they go through a possible break down. Who among us hasn't wanted to walk away from our life at some point? And haven't we wondered if we'd be missed and by whom? A must see film!

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