Playing the role of a man battling mental illness was definitely a new one for him, which was pleasantly fresh coming from an audience’s perspective. The story follows Pat as he attempts to become a “better man” for his wife after he finds her cheating on him with another man and has a mental breakdown, resulting in his placement in a mental facility to work on his anger.
I found this film to be extremely relatable in its content. Although I enjoyed many of this year’s Oscar picks, this one wasn’t too far-fetched. They weren’t chasing the world’s most wanted terrorist or on a hunt for revenge. The characters are simply trying to live and better themselves after life has handed them some unfair hands.
And speaking of “chasing the world’s most wanted terrorist,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” which stars Jessica Chastain, was another of the year’s best films. The film follows Mya, who was recruited for the CIA right out of high school, as she works with the agency in the Middle East to track down Osama bin Laden.
I’m not typically a huge action movie fan, but the plot of “Zero Dark Thirty” (which is based on true events, although its accuracy has been cause of much controversy) kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film even though I knew what would end up happening at some point.
At the end of the movie when all is said and done, I honestly felt bad for Mya. Her work was complete, and after 10 years, she had nothing to dedicate herself to anymore. I found her character such an inspiration; not only as an amazingly hard-working CIA agent, but as a woman in such male-dominated world to have been as in command of her work and team as she was is truly an inspiring story.