Sundance 2011: THE LEDGE
There was a couple of films from this year’s Sundance Film Fest (competition categories) that I was really excited about (Another Earth, Take Shelter, and then some) but as I can remember The Ledge was the one I liked the most for some reason..and it was the first one I liked if I can remember well…maybe it’s the fact that Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler are both casted for the film? Hmm.
Sometimes I hate getting excited for a film because I’m afraid of getting disappointed in the end. But for this one. I had my intuition right.
Let me start by saying that the actors were fantabolous. Special kudos to Patrick Wilson who’s just always awesome in my eyes and Terence Howard in his supporting role.
Then on to the story…
I loved it. For me it was centrally about faith and beliefs. Yep, the religious type. I was able to strongly relate with Gavin (Hunnam) in his beliefs, or rather disbelief, and I was very enthralled and excited about all the religious debates in the film, all of which was contrasted by Joe’s (Wilson) fanaticism if you don’t mind my calling it as such. From these ideals we get to see two sides of love in a way, which is another topic in the film for it’s still a romantic movie anyways. Love being rooted out from different perspectives, fueled by different reasons.
I rejoiced in how Gavin’s character was sketched. He’s not a fanatic but he had strong beliefs in his atheistic ways, and he was not created into a typical “bad guy” for being so. Even turning his character into a person who touched people in different aspects. At first I thought Hollace’s (Howard) story was an unnecessary sub-plot, but at the end I found myself crying for his story and how much Gavin affected his own plot.
Well I don’t know, I feel like I can’t explain so good right now so I’m just going to end this..
I honestly found nothing I hated in the film, but surely it’s not a film for everybody. But it certainly is a film for me.
And I used up so many damn tissues I fucking cried lots!!!
4 out of 5
Now I’m even more excited for Take Shelter and Another Earth!