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🎥 WILDLIFE • 2018 • Directed by Paul Dano • USA • Drama 🍅RT: 93% 🔶MetaCritic: 80
IN A SENTENCE: With this riveting portrait of awkwardly arriving adolescence, fumbling adult desire, and the mighty myth of the American family, a wonderful actor threatens to become an even greater director.
REVIEW: Paul Dano’s WILDLIFE jumped into my top 10 of the year before it even ended, and when it did end (stunningly), it jumped right into my top three. It’s a tremendous adaptation from prose to film. As someone familiar with (though not steeped in) the literature of Richard Ford, I can say with some confidence that Dano carries over Ford’s voice and the atmospheres his voice creates with remarkable authenticity. And this is no matter of mere dialogue, but quite literally the transport of magical accretion on the page to magical accretion on the screen. This story of the Brinson family (Jerry, his wife Jeanette, and their son Joe) is pure middle-Americana to the degree that it will rouse in anyone that precious myth of a simpler, happier time. Only here, the perfect apple-pie is riven by financial necessity, independent female desire, and even the specter of mental illness. And in this familial chaos, instead of the usual pat jottings of character and attendant easy answers, we get three distinct characters brought to life by an affirming, fearless insistence on their actuality. While Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) might be the least developed, via his absence from much of the film, we still understand him profoundly by movie’s end. Joe, the couple’s newly adolescent son, played memorably by the distinct looking Ed Oxenbould, moves through permutations of confusion, pain, and longing which generally show up for any adolescent. But it is the way his growth pangs meet those of his mother, Jeanette (Carey Mulligan), that adds extra power to each of their portrayals. Mulligan is such an explosive mixture of complete competence, howling need, and hungry ghost that WILDLIFE is nothing less than a career high for her. As the fires of the wild fall to embers and the family courts its new normal, a stunning coda reveals itself. And the catharsis is phenomenal.