As 2016 came to a close, everyone was ready to start fresh in 2017. However, 2017 did not seem fresh and clean, instead it was a fresh start to a new brand of turmoil and vocal defiance. Violence and unrest was at the forefront for most of 2017. Trump continued his unique, antagonistic version of political and social interaction. Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated Florida and Puerto Rico. The United States, and specifically the film industry and political figures, saw a gender revolution in terms of women speaking out about sexual assault. On a personal level, I saw the birth of my son, which created a shining and distracting light through the turbulence of the year. It also limited my movie watching time, and so I am a little behind on films this year.
A young couple, in Dallas, Texas, are deciding whether or not to move. The woman, Rooney Mara, wants to move and the man, Casey Affleck, does not. The man is killed in a car crash and becomes trapped in limbo, forced to watch life go on and reflect on the concept of time and meaning of life.
A depressed young man struggles to stay sober while working on his family’s farm. His paralyzed father is unable to work and the demoralized son is being stretched too thin. In an effort to help pick up the slack, the father hires a temporary Romanian laborer who helps keep the farm running smoothly and cures the son’s loneliness.
When the lead attorney of a firm suffers a heart attack, his behind the scenes partner must step in and handle his court appearances. His incredible memory and deep understanding of law is undercut by his inept social skills. Roman J Israel, Esq. follows Roman as he embarks on a new chapter of his life where his social justice roots are challenged by greed and the evolving culture around him.
A published poet, played by Javier Bardem, and his young wife, Jennifer Lawrence, are rebuilding his old country home that burned down. Strangers begin to show up and turn their world upside down. As usual, Darren Aronofski created a psychological thriller that keeps the audience guessing throughout the film. With Aronofski the only thing you can expect, is the unexpected.