Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Woodsman

Sometimes you need a movie that makes you laugh.

Sometimes you need a movie that makes you cry.

And sometimes you need a movie that makes you think.

I recently poured myself a glass of Shiraz and plopped myself down on the couch to watch “The Woodsman” starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. This is a movie that will make you think. It’s sometimes uncomfortable to watch, not because of bad performances but because of its subject matter.

Kevin Bacon plays Walter, a convicted pedophile recently released from serving twelve years in prison. He did the crime and did the time and now he’s out trying to make a life for himself. He takes a job in a lumberyard and hooks up romantically with a co-worker Vicki (Kyra Sedgwick). But it’s not easy, and old habits and desires begin to take their toll on Walter.

I don’t want to give it all away, but there’s a scene at the end that will have you on the edge of your couch wondering what’s gonna happen, and whether the world is safe having Walter a free man.

Kevin Bacon is astounding in this role. His intense performance brings to mind the Oscar nominated performance by Jackie Earle Haley as a sex-offender in “Little Children.” I’m surprised Bacon wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.

Because it’s the story of a pedophile I think audiences avoided this film. Too bad because it’s superbly written by Steven Fechter and Nicole Kassell based on the play by Fechter and the direction by Nicole Kassell is nonintrusive allowing the actors to tell the story without any stylish camera work or gimmickry.

I highly recommend seeing “The Woodsman.”

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