20th Century Women
20th Century Women (Review)
There were two films in particular this season I felt were ripped off, for very different reasons, however. “Silence,” was a cinematographic masterpiece. I will post about it at a later date, but for now, “20th Century Women,” which was just a plethora of talent – young and old – that didn’t get its moment in the spotlight. At all.
This film gravitated towards me because it focused on strong women. Three strong women, in particular, raising one teenage boy in the late 1970s. Personally, some of the strongest rocks in my life are women and have taught me invaluable lessons that Jamie (the boy played by Lucas Jade Zumann) experiences.
Annette Bening, the mother in the film, is a powerhouse, absolutely blasting the patriarchy, and quite honestly, the mother-son relationship into a whole new level. This is all thanks to director Mike Mills, whose partly autobiographical script went on to grab a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars. Its deeply personal touches were apparent in every sequence that was shot.
Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig, who are dynamite young actresses, are enlisted by Bening to play as advisors to Jamie’s life. Their stories radiated beyond the screen and really embody some of my best friendships. These two take on much more than just advisors and friends, they become family to this family of now three grown women and one budding teenage boy. I’m not forgetting Billy Crudup, but it would be unfair to classify him with these three centerpieces to Jamie’s life.
This beautiful film is a fragment of history in the 1970s that one should sit and reflect on. And not just as a period piece of yesterday, but in relation to now and to the future. If anything I hope you see that Bening, Gerwig or Fanning that was in your life at one point or could possibly be taking shape in the coming years.
Life lessons aren’t usually taught in the classrooms or in books, but rather by the people you allow fully into your life. “20th Century Women” is that reminder to not always look at the outside, but the inside as well.
Watch the trailer for “20th Century Women” below!