North Country Movie Review - Charlize Theron
March 26th 2006
Coming off the success
of her indie film Whale Rider Niki Caro makes an attempt at a true
tale of sexism and prejudice in the work place with North Country
starring Charlize Theron and a supporting cast much to large to list
here. Where to begin?
The movie is a film
that some people will have to see if only for the historical
(although inaccurate) presence that it had on Unions and big
companies. It comes at you with an angle much like the usual media
outlet will come at you these days.
They lay the
foundation thick for a woe-is-me tale and transform every living
object around the lead character into monster figures so in the end
if your not on her side then your sexist. My biggest problem with
the film is that it has no one that is in the least bit easy to
like. Everyone in the film has their undesirable quirks that make it
hard to stay interested in the film. Was I frustrated by the sexism
in this film? Yes, but probably too often.
The film starts off with the story of a
battered wife and an uncaring father and then moves into a long drawn out
mess of characters that do nothing but bad and make horrible decisions, even
the children in the film.
To make matters worse some scenes
are so blown out of proportion in such an Oliver Stone kind of way
that the connection the film and viewer have to work so hard to
obtain becomes less bonded. Case in point; there is a scene in the
film that takes place in a court room where Theron's lawyer (played
by Woody Harrelson) simply badgers the witness to death and the
judge cannot seem to find order and then allows the testimony of
said witness to go on the record despite the fact.
Its outbursts like this and others
that take away creditability from the storytelling. In the end I
feel that I pulled away from this one with a vague but insightful
understanding of what the film was portrayed, but I was not 100%
invested in the film after over 2 hours of negativity and often
lagging storylines to care one way or another about it.
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