- Charlize Theron here brings one of the most accurate portrayals of a mother I’ve ever seen. She shows every single hardship of motherhood to such a visceral measure that it’s hard to even imagine having to go through that. We see that as Theron’s character attempts to balance caring for her newborn as well as her two young children. Theron really brings it all to the table here, as one might expect, giving one of the years best performances so far.
- Jason Reitman does a pretty solid job directing this film. He brings a nice intensity to many scenes that I would expect other directors to just play it plain. That being seen in a montage of late night wake ups for Theron’s character “Marlo”. We slowly see “Marlo” breaking down while trying to manage her three kids, Which both Reitman & Theron execute quite well.
- One of the highlights of the whole film is the screenplay by Diablo Cody. Cody sheds a light on postpartum depression in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen. She shows the ugly truth of motherhood in a way that everyone should see. Cody also brings her sharp snappy dialogue that brings some nice dark humor. She as well brings an interesting use of metaphoric mermaid dream-like sequences that shed light on the depression as well. Also can’t go without mentioning the great interactions between “Marlo” & the night nanny “Tully”. The late night conversations these two characters have is an exquisite look at lives of two types of women. One that is young & free, while the other is a mother of three. In the end both Reitman & Cody bring a profound look at motherhood, where we see the unattractive reality.
- Many of the side characters are one-dimensional & as the film goes on begin to become caricatures of the role they’re playing.