Sunday, February 2 2014, 02:20 PM MST
Movie Review: Labor Day
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Recommended To: Those looking for a underwhelming film from some of Hollywood's best.
Synopsis: Adele (Kate Winslet), a single mother, unwillingly harbors an escape convict (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend.
Review: Based on Joyce Maynard's well-regarded novel Labor Day is the sort of film that looks fantastic on paper. Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin with Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Up in the Air)
writing and directing you'd expect a compelling drama about emotional
vulnerability that reveals something about the human soul. What you
actually get is a film that feels more like a superficial Nicholas
Sparks story with characters making illogical choices only because the
plot, not the characters motivation, demands it. The performances aren't
bad, but the characters are strangely disinteresting and the story,
particular its ending, feels too simple and too sugary to really have
much of an impact.
-Ryan Michael Painter