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.
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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