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Dome Pondering Movie Review: May December (2023)

What is it about?

Years after a controversial romance gripped the nation, a married couple with a noticeable age difference buckles when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past. 

Who is in it?

Natalie Portman - Elizabeth

Julianne Moore - Graice

Charles Melton - Joe Yoo

Favorite Scene:

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Coming to grips with his feelings and past, Joe goes out on the roof with his son and has a moment that allows us to peak into some of the doubts he's always dealt with, and of course, the love and complexity of what it gave him. 

Favorite Quote:

"Insecure people are very dangerous, aren't they? I'm secure. Make sure you put that in there." 

Review:

May December is a weird watch. Good. At times if you are on it long enough, clever and artistic. However, for me, I continue to come back to well, it's a weird watch. 

The film is based on a true story and does a really interesting job of untangling and unpacking a very unique and troubling real-life scenario of an underage relationship, love, and everything that comes out of it - especially for a relationship that has continued. 

There are moments and lines of dark comedy, which it was billed as. Some of the rhetoric and lines are humorous, but overall, it falls in the unsettling category for me. Not sure it does enough from an artistic standpoint to really qualify it as must see. Yet, it's so damn different, I almost want to leave that to each to see whatever they get out of it. 

For me, it's a weird watch. The characters are all flawed despite their assurances of one another. Ironically, it's the line towards the end about insecurities and being secure with your flaws that hit me the most. 

Again, weird, weird, film. 

Grade: 2.75/5

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