Labor Day: Movie Review

Labor Day movie posterMovie: Labor Day

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Jason Reitman

Rating: ♥ – Poor

Stars:
Kate Winslet Kate Winslet as Adele

Josh Brolin Josh Brolin as Frank

Gattlin Griffith Gattlin Griffith as Henry

Read the Labor Day book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Adele (Winslet) is the most literal kind of stay at home mom. She never leaves the house. She lives with her son, Henry (Griffith), who only sees his dad and stepfamily on Sunday evenings. They’re living their hermit crab life when one day they have to go out because Henry’s outgrowing his clothes.  At the store they run into a shady guy (Brolin) who asks them for a ride. To their house. Fearing that this has become a hostage situation, Adele agrees. Adele and Henry find out that he escaped from prison (which he was in for murder) but still start to enjoy his company and he becomes a weird husband/father/captor to them.

What did you think?
I enjoyed it less than I enjoyed the book which was borderline impossible. The only thing the book had going for it was that I was curious to find out what happened, but since I knew what was going to happen there was essentially nothing going for the movie. At first, I had some hope that movie might be better. When Adele and Henry met Frank in the book, she seemed pretty willing to take a complete stranger to her home. In the movie, she was not so down for the idea but it felt a lot more like a hostage situation. Frank appeared to be threatening Henry, so she agreed in order to protect her son. Although it still wasn’t the best, it was a lot more believable than the scene in the book.

But soon my hopes were crushed and I was back to hating everything. The plot was stupid and laced with weird flashbacks that were confusing and unnecessary. Eventually it gets put together and explained, but they were really unnecessary. It didn’t spark my interest to find out the details, it just made me think “Wait…what? This is really dumb.”

Was it a good adaption?
Yes, they both sucked.

There’s not much else to say about it. The movie slightly improves the scene when Adele and Henry meet Frank and cut one of the worst parts from the book, so I guess that’s good. But it also made a small change in the story behind why Frank was arrested in the first place which somehow made it even worse than it was in the book.

Should I watch it?
Only if you you love watching movies that suck. But if that’s what you like then you do you. You can get a copy on Amazon (but there isn’t a point).

Here’s the trailer, just in case you still aren’t convinced that this movie sucks.

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