Review of the film "The raccoon is to blame for everything"

In the life of every person there are periods of strong dissatisfaction with their lives. To overcome this period, people take up some interesting business (for example, drawing), someone goes on a trip around the world, others just endure... But the imagination of people allows you to come up with stories where a similar state of a person can make her do unusual things. For example, the main character of the movie "Fight Club" (1999) founded an anarchist movement, the main character of the movie "Yes Man" (2008) decided to try to do good deeds that he would never have dared before... The main character of the film "Wakefield" also chooses an unusual path.

Howard Wakefield is a successful hard worker, has a beautiful wife and two daughters. But he does not feel happy - he is tired of work, quarrels with his wife, he does not communicate much with children... But one evening, returning home, Howard goes up to the attic of an abandoned house, which is located across the street from his house, to drive out a stray raccoon. But, having seen his own house from the attic window, Howard decides not to come home, but to observe the behavior of his family, and after a while he is considered missing...

Although the original film is called "Wakefield", as the name of the main character, this is a unique case when the translation of the title invented by the distributors does not cause irritation. The name "The raccoon is to blame for everything", at least, is reflected in the plot. The film is based on the short story of the same name by the writer Edgar Lawrence Doctorow. It's hard to say whether he should be blamed for plagiarism, because the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne has a story with a similar plot and even a similar name.

The film was directed by Robin Swaycord, who had previously shown himself as a talented screenwriter. He has to his credit the plot of another story stretched to a full-length film - "The Mysterious Story of Benjamin Button".

We can say that "Wakefield" is, in a sense, a parable about finding yourself and your place in the world. Of course, as is the case with any philosophical story, the authors left the opportunity to determine its essence and message to the viewer, and not everyone may like it. What did the authors want to say? What kind of importance do you define for others yourself? Or that the main culprit of your troubles is you, and not some raccoon? Or is it just a guide on how to become a tramp? The authors of the film did not clearly explain everything, so apparently, many viewers were dissatisfied.

The main character goes into voluntary exile, leads a vagrant lifestyle, eats in garbage dumps, washes in reservoirs - everything so that his family does not guess about his presence and, in fact, that he is alive, and he can continue his observation. The main character tries to explain the reasons for his act in philosophical off-screen reflections and memories of his past, but sometimes it seems that he himself does not really understand why he is doing what he is doing. But doesn't that happen in reality? An interesting symbolic scene is when neighborhood children with Down syndrome help the main character survive - people who need help themselves provide it to a person who has given up all the benefits.

It is surprisingly interesting to observe the strange behavior and thoughts of the main character. First of all, this is due to the performer of the main role of actor Bryan Cranston, who proved that he was nominated for an Oscar for a reason. In fact, 80% of the curiosity of the film rests on him, and Cranston did everything in his power - he beautifully conveyed the emotions of a person with bright cockroaches in his head. Against his background, all the other actors, including the colorful Jennifer Garner in the role of his wife, are faintly noticeable.

In technical terms, the film is staged quite qualitatively - a beautiful picture, high-quality camerawork... But in this case, the main thing is the story - and everything is ambiguous with this film. First of all, the exact message is not clear. But there is a sparkling humor in the film, without which the story would be difficult to perceive.

In general, "Wakefield" is a very good film, an example of high-quality author's cinema. It's interesting to watch, it leaves an aftertaste... But not everyone may like it. Raccoons are like that. Just play with paysafe pokies online paysafe pokies nz Paysafe pokies in New Zealand NZ