Reviews and Problems with Martha Marcy May Marlene
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25 March 2013
Summary: I'm late in viewing this film and then seeing these reviews... I'm astounded by the number of people who found this really spoke to them. It's not a terrible movie.... just hollow at the core. It uses minimalism for a subject that deserves a lot more story and script to describe what is going on psychologically. This attempt is not ambitious enough to go there. Instead, it is just kind of prurient and blanky dismal.
Summary: Elisabeth is the true star of the Olsen sisterhood. She shines so bright with her assured performance of a damaged soul, wrecked by a horrific cult leader who is played by an equally amazing Hawkes. A harrowing story, masterfully directed is not an easy watch which might haunt you the same way Martha is haunted in the film by her ordeals.
Summary: Martha decided to leave the people whom she lived with for a couple of years. Now that she stays with her sister and trying to reconnect with her family, she struggles with the nightmares of her past. *** Martha Marcy May Marlene is another great, good, and true films recently. The whole film was so silent yet very strong on the message. The thrill comes in an extraordinary way which give the film more depth and significance.
Excerpt: Movie was impressive as it deals with issues everybody certainly has when tries to get rid of painful memories and rise above them - but these were so extreme ones, from a cult that mentally and physically abused our heroine's innocence and will to believe in goodness. She had enough common sense to realize something is terribly wrong with them, but not enough to regain trust in her family, because she constantly avoided their efforts to get close to her.
Summary: You really won't care about Martha, her sister, her sister's husband, the cult leader, the cult members or anyone else. You'll just be bored and annoyed by the glacial pacing, the inane camera pans, the silly time jumps and the general lack of storytelling. I gave it a one instead of a zero because Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes are good actors who attempt to do something with this awful material.
Summary: An okay story about a young woman who escapes a cult and tries to right her life with her sister. Through flashbacks, we see the horrors she went through as she tries to readjust to a normal life, but has difficulty fitting in and dissecting what is real and what isn't. The story is interesting enough, and the cast does a pretty good job. Unfortunately the film has an extremely ambiguous ending that will probably work for some, but just didn't for me.
Summary: A decent movie that I have heard good things about. I liked the story a lot. It was unique an told well. Better than winters bone in every way. The ending was pretty dumb but at least it was not a cop out. Those that want something that is fresh, check it out.
Summary: This is an emotionally tight and tense drama. It's the kind of tense that boils underneath the surface, in a psychological manner. I was glued to this film right from the start and haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's an exceptionally well crafted story, but the majority of the praise belongs to Elizabeth Olsen. She is fantastic. The ending is quite ambiguous, but it works in a strange way. This is easily one of the best films of 2011.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An interesting exploration of PTSD, and well-acted by all. But the frustration of a couple of characters who don't do what you really, really want them to do culminates in an abrupt, unsatisfying ending.