Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Waitress - Film

Rating : 4.5/5

I loved this film. It stars Keri Russell as a waitress in a diner that specialises in home-made pies, and she is a genius at creating new pies (a gift she inherited from her mother). Her husband Earl (Jeremy Sisto) is a complete pig. When they got married he changed into being incredibly possessive and jealous of her. She changed from being in love with him to being frightened of him. She starts to save up money on the side from her wages (which he takes off her) so she can run away and start a new life for herself. The only problem is 6 weeks ago he got her drunk and now she is pregnant.

Supported by her two friends who work at the diner with her (Becky played by Cheryl Hines and Dawn played by Adrienne Shelly who also wrote and directed it) she has a support network. Her doctor (Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Serenity) is also a big help and the two are drawn together despite both being married. Further help comes later in the film from somewhere unexpected.

It's a little like Chocolat in the sense of the pies she creates. It is billed as a comedy, but is very sad and bittersweet when looking at her relationship with her husband and with her unborn baby she doesn't want. I love that she writes letters to her baby before giving birth which turn in to letters to herself. Only at the end when her baby is born does she find the strength to stand up to her abusive husband, who is jealous even of their baby.

I can't wait for this to come out on dvd as I am looking forward to watching it again. It is so sad what happened to Adrienne Shelly afterwards. She was sadly murdered in her apartment and it was made to look like a suicide shortly after filming ended. This film is so well done it is not overshadowed by her death and I will definately be looking into the other films she made.


heather said...

Ouch. Sounds lovely, but I think I would have difficulty watching this one.

ames said...

I've been wanting to see this for a while, but the only theater this played at was across town. LOL

Darla D said...

This isn't normally the kind of film I watch, but when some friends invited me out for a girls' dinner & movie night, I could have cared less what movie it was - it would be the first "grown-up" movie I'd seen at the theater in almost a year! So off we went, and I have to say it was very enjoyable. And (if that's what's worrying you, Heather) I was relieved that there were no knock-down drag-out wife-abuse scenes. Definitely parts were disturbing, but it was mostly subtle nonetheless. In some ways I felt sorry for the husband, mainly because he was pathetic, and they were so ill-suited to each other. Anyway, great review -you've made me want to re-watch it on DVD!

Trish said...

I don't remember seeing previews for this one. Kerri Russell will always have a soft spot in my heart after Felicity. :) Wow that's sappy. This one sounds good!

Dark Orpheus said...

I heard about this movie, but so far the reviews been so-so. Really? Keri Russell? I'm not a big Felicity fan (actually, I'm not a fan) - so never very convinced by her acting.

Rhinoa said...

Heather - It's not overdone, it's more menacing than in your face. It has some very sweet moments too that make up for it.

Ames - I had the same thing, it was only on at one particular cinema in London which was a mission to get to. it was definately worth the effort though.

Darla - I know what you mean about feeling sorry for Earl, I did too near the end when he got really upset. He was very misguided in showing his feelings.

Trish - Not sure who/what Felicity is but I'm glad it gave you fond memories :)

Dark Orpheus - I hadn't seen her in anything before this and found her to be really good. It was an intersting role to play, a lot of depth and showing a lot of different sides as an actress.

Trish said...

Felicity was a TV show with Keri Russell. It was marvelous! :)