Theatrical Reviews

What They Had Review

What They Had 1

Studio:
Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
A family are at odds on whether the mother, who is suffering from Alzheimers, need to go into a home for professional care.   

Who’s In It?
Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, & more recently Trust)
Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, & more recently The Shape Of Water)   

Other notables include:
Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story, The Nun, & more recently The Mule)
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Olympus Has Fallen, & more recently Twin Peaks)   

Director: Elizabeth Chomko  

Audiences Expect:
Director Elizabeth Chomko's first foray into the movies is an impressive and moving affair, delving into the terrible effects of Alzheimers and the impact on the immediate family. 
A phone call in the middle of the night prompts chef Bridget to return to the family home in Chicago after her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimers, goes missing in the middle of the night during a snow storm. Brother Nick is tired of trying to look after her and the put upon dad, and insists that now is the time for her to go into a home for some professional care. Dad Burt is dead against this, despite the pressure and emotional drain he is under, and his own failing health, so both are expecting Bridget to support them.
As family dynamics play out, including Bridget’s own family issues with a poor relationship with her daughter, and her failing marriage, the mother, Ruth, continues to go downhill, despite brief moments of lucidity.
Despite being a touching and emotional look at a terrible illness, this film would be limited if not for the sensational performances put in by an incredible cast across the board.
Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon impress, as usual, with strong support from Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga, but the real plaudits go to Robert Forster, who plays the long suffering husband desperate to keep his one true love at home, who goes above and beyond to look after her.  

In A Nutshell:
An impressive debut looking at the effects of Alzheimers, delivered and enhanced by an outstanding cast.    

Highlight:
The cast in particular Robert Forster   

Lowpoint:
N/A


Certificate: 12 / 12A

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