Thursday, May 30, 2013
Review: The Sessions
One Should Schedule A 'Session' To See This Movie
As I said in my review for Perks of Being A Wallflower, I love movies that are portrayed as an art form and have humanistic stories to tell. Sometimes, I prefer them over mainstream studio fare. The Sessions certainly falls under the former category.
Based on a true story, The Sessions is about a man named Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) who is stricken with polio and bound to an iron lung. The story deals with him trying to lose his virginity with the help of a professional sex therapist (Helen Hunt). Along the way, the one thing that is causing complications is their growing attachment to each other.
What I Liked About It:
Pretty much everything, but what I loved the most was John Hawkes' performance as Mark. He manages to be touching, sentimental, and humorous, all while not moving his body. I loved how he showed that the one thing that was more powerful than the disease he was stricken with is the optimism in his golden heart. Helen Hunt delivers an outstanding performance as well as Cheryl, Mark's sex therapist. Like Hawkes, she gives a very touching performance, but she is also heartbreaking as she grows attached to her client and is aware that after their last session is when they say their final goodbyes. Her Oscar nomination was rightfully deserved. William H.Macy even delivers a nice supporting turn as Mark's friend, Father Brennan. He even provides some mild comic relief.
What I Didn't Like About It:
Overall, The Sessions is a touching, humorous, heartbreaking masterful work of art. It is even an inspirational story as it tells the story of a disabled man who uses his optimism and his courage to achieve his goals. This is one that I highly recommend.