My Take on “Cake” The Movie3 min read

(Alert: Spoilers!)

Have you ever watched a movie and afterwards thought, “wow, that was powerful”? That’s how I felt after watching Cake. After starting to watch it once before and not being able to make it all the way through, I gave it a second chance and sat down to watch it again last night. I am really glad I did because it had a surprisingly big impact on me.

I’ve seen a bunch of interviews where Jennifer Aniston has explained having to beg to be given this role, major props to her for going for it. In my opinion she gave an outstanding performance and really lived up to her word when she advocated she was right for the part. Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I love Aniston’s roles in other movies, but I am hoping after this she will be offered a wider range of roles because she has definitely proven her abilities as an actress.

Everyone should see this movie because it shows deep insight into something that “normal” people don’t understand and it’s important as fellow human beings to know what people are going through when they are in a situation like this, whether it be chronic pain like Claire (Aniston’s character) or anything else not experienced by the general population. Although these types of movies aren’t the easiest on the emotions to watch, they are a really important part of our culture and not only serve the purpose of a film, which is to entertain, but also the purpose of educating about something that might not otherwise be widely thought about.

At first glance Claire seems like a total nightmare. There are moments where the real her, a caring person deep down shows. Throughout the movie she has a complete 360 attitude adjustment. She goes from thinking about committing suicide and everyone abandoning her left and right to making new friends and realizing she can lead a happy life again, life is worth living.

Movie still from Cake

I hate to say it but I think in the last few seconds of the movie when Claire sat up in the car seat was the most powerful thing throughout the film. Those few moments and her taking what seems like a simple action blew my mind and struck me as the perfect ending to the movie with all that it represented. To me it showed that she really did have the will to live after all.

Doing a little digging I found out this was Patrick Tobin’s first screenplay which I thought was interesting and brought another wow factor to the film. I can’t help but wonder if he knows someone with chronic pain, how or if it has affected his life in some way that brought him to create this character.

Cake was just released on DVD/Blu-ray today so there is no excuse to not go watch it if you haven’t already seen it. Let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments below!

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  • Jim Stone

    Just got done watching this. Since I have Suffered from chronic pain for the past several years, I had been anxious to see this movie ever since the first trailer I saw for it! Anniston is an amazing actress and I was so impressed by the dead on portrayal of someone who suffers from chronic pain and the various struggles and feelings of loneliness and abandonment from friends and loved ones that they face. She definitely did thorough research on this role! I could feel her pain throughout the entire movie! The constant need to find pain killers and have them on hand was very accurate! The end of the movie when she sat up in the seat WAS a very inspiring part in the film! I’ve always loved her as an actress, and now I love her even more! A must see movie if you know someone who suffers from chronic pain and you want to be able to understand what that person goes through on a daily basis!! PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE!

    • Hi Jim. Thank you for your perspective. I can’t imagine what it’s like.

  • S. Fatrouni

    Good review.

    I watched ‘Cake’ alone on a weekday. It came in theaters way too late here. My friends
    aren’t too much into these kinds of movies, but I was determined to watch it. For me,
    the atmosphere helped pretty much. Watching this alone helped me relate to the character.

    Jennifer Aniston was perfect, and this is definitely the best performance in her career.
    The ‘setting up in the car’ scene you mentioned was really powerful.
    What I liked even more is the one when she’s in the pool and admit for the first time to her trainer that
    she wants to get better. I remember Aniston saying that she has a fear of going
    underwater, and the pool scene took about 30 takes to get right. That for me added to
    the character and the pain she was going through.

    I can understand giving the Oscar to Julianne Moore. She was great in Still Alice.
    But I will never understand how Jennifer wasn’t even nominated for Cake.

    • I agree that watching the movie alone was better than it would be watching with someone else. It definitely let you get into the character more.

      I had forgotten about her being afraid of going under water, that is a good point.

      I haven’t actually seen Still Alice, I’ll have to check it out!

      Thank you for the comment!

  • Sounds good. I’ll add it to my list.

    • Thank you for the comment. If you watch it please come back and share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!

  • I’m not sure I’ve even heard of this movie, but your review made me want to go out and find it and watch it (like today)! Very good review.

    • Thanks Nicole, your nice comment means a lot to me. I am so glad I could convince you to go see the film. When you do see the movie I’d love for you to come back here and let us know how you felt and what your reactions were to the film.

  • I’ve been interested in seeing this but was sure if it was worth it. Thanks for your review! 🙂

    • No problem, glad it was the push you needed to see it! Please come back and share your feelings about the film after you watch, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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