June 28, 2012 at 11:23 am #63915June 28, 2012 at 11:55 am #63917
John Hawkes and William H Macy deserve Oscars someday.
I have mixed feelings about this one, but thanks Rock.!July 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm #63918
Wow. I expected something entirely different. This looks really gimmicky, schlocky and frankly a bit underwhelming to me. It’s sad, I’ve long hoped Helen Hunt would be famous again, but I honestly can’t see anybody going to see this at all.July 3, 2012 at 7:18 am #63919
I think that it can be crowd-pleasing, feel good movie. I can feel comedy-vibes but it’s listed everywhere as drama so it’s dramedy at best. Good to see Helen Hunt and William H. Macy again and John Hawkes still on a roll since his Oscar nod.July 3, 2012 at 10:20 am #63920
I wasn’t expecting this to be comedic at all. I couldn’t care less for Hunt, but the trailer got me excited for Hawkes (no pun intended). That performance is definitely something to watch out for.October 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm #63922
It’s a drama with some humorous moments, not remotely a comedy.
Helen Hunt is a legitimate “tweener” as to lead or supporting. I have no problem with her being submitted in the latter. The film sans credits is just over 90 minutes, she shows up at the 25 minute mark, is on the screen a majority of the rest of the film, but hardly all the time. She does have some scenes without Hawkes (thus making lead not a silly notion), but supporting is legitimate as well.October 5, 2012 at 1:50 am #63923
I agree it’s borderline lead/support but I think she should go lead. She’s a shoe in for a nomination regardless of what category she goes into and as great as she is in the film she is not going to win in either category anyway.
Besides there are some wonderful supporting performances by other female cast members of the film, that whilst don’t have any chance of a nomination, at least deserve ‘for your consideration’ advertising such as Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks & Robin Weigert. Though Robin Weigert’s role is tiny, she accomplishes so much so little screen time. She is simply luminous.October 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm #63924
Just saw it – found it enjoyable (not groundbreaking, but fun).
I think Hawkes has a great shot at a nomination – not a sure-bet winner or anything, but he has a gimmick, the plus that he’s playing a character that’s the polar opposite of Teardrop from Winter’s Bone, and it’s something that will really stand out in comparison to everything else (and he succeeds in the romantic, dramatic, and comedic elements).
Hunt could be in trouble if there’s category confusion (I’m not sure where I’d place her, but leaning towards lead), and she gets a lot to work with (it’ll be considered “brave” due to the amount of nudity), and she has an accent, has drama, conflict – all of that.
If the relationship between the two didn’t seem plausible, the film would be less of a success. They’re believable with one another, and they’d be worthy nominees.
Macy is missing a “big” scene that so often gets a supporting actor a nomination, but he’s fine here (slightly doubt that he’ll get many #1 votes going his way).October 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm #63925
Solid film, but Hawkes and Hunt are the stunners, and deserve Oscar nominations read my review here!October 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm #63926
It’s written and directed by Ben Lewin, himself a survivor of polio, who develops an affectionate, seriocomic tone, shifting gracefully from comic scenes between Mark and a Catholic priest, Father Brendan (William H. Macy), to the more dramatic exchanges with Cheryl.October 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm #63927
Saw this on Thursday, but needed some time to gather my thoughts about the overall film. Considering the raves and the buzz that’s been building at/since Sundance, the overall film is surprisingly middilng. It is a solid, enjoyable, and moving watch, but not much more than that. At times it bordered on too obvious, and definitely pandered a little too much to the audience — many scenes appeared constructed/included specifically to evoke a particular audience reaction rather than as natural progressions of the story. Without giving too much away, I know that the film in based on a true story, but the ending point that the script chooses pops up out of nowhere, cutting the film off just when it seemed to have hit its stride. It’s a much more manipulative (as opposed to honest) ending, and soured my overall impression.
What The Sessions does have going for it is two stellar performances at the center that are truly A+ through and through. John Hawkes has never been better, and his star performance (essentially from the neck up) is what holds the piece together. Hawkes has always possessed an onscreen charisma that is exceedingly unique, and in this film he is able to build an entire character around it. He is funny, intelligent, naive, and above all else charming. That Hawkes carries off the latter characteristic is what lends the film is believability; we are on Mark’s side from the get-go, and understand completely why so many beautiful women are caught up in his orbit. Helen Hunt is just wonderful as well. She deftly balances Cheryl’s warmth with her occasionally coldly self-protective veneer, and layers her self-confidence with traces of melancholic regret and stagnance that make you miss her whenever she’s offscreen. It’s certainly the best thing that Hunt has done in over a decade, and had her previous Oscar win not been so retrospectively derided, she would in all likelihood enter this awards season a frontrunner. As it stands, a second nomination should serve as a suitable “welcome back”.
Depending on how this one hits, Ben Lewin could be looking at a Screenplay nomination, but the film will really need to find an audience. Hawkes and Hunt stand very strong chances at nominations, and that will probably be the extent of awards attention. I had read some good notices for William H. Macy before seeing the film, and have also seen his name pop up on a few Supporting Actor predictions lists. Having finally seen the performance, I have to confess I find this somewhat baffling. He’s fine in the film, but it’s very un-showy, almost thankless work. I just don’t think it will be enough to merit awards attention on its own, unless I am way underestimating Macy’s popularity in Hollywood. He’s been overdue for a second nomination for some time, but this one just doesn’t have the heft to get him there.October 23, 2012 at 9:23 am #63928
I can’t wait to see this film – as middling as some of the reviews here seem to be, the trailer is utterly charming and heartfelt. And I would love to see John Hawkes receive an Oscar nomination for a role in which he’s laying in bed for (I’m assuming) the entire film.November 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm #63930
I’m shocked Hunt is being pushed as supporting.
It’s not so shocking really–it’s Hawkes’ movie. They are both very good, excellent really, which isn’t particularly surprising, since they are both talented actors. But Hunt’s role is a supporting role.
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