Cake takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick).
With her feisty housekeeper-cum-caretaker (Adriana Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of personal redemption.
What We Thought:
Now that Ive watched both Cake and Wild, I can totally see why Reese Witherspoon got an Oscar nomination for Wild and Jennifer Aninston didn’t get one for Cake. After all, Jennifer Aniston turns in the performance of her career; a truly moving, powerful, heartfelt, sympathetic, acerbic, witty, intelligent, nuanced performance. And Reese Witherspoon… well, she walks on a trail for two hours. Yep, that seems about right.
Here’s the thing about Cake: Jennifer Aniston is truly magnificent. Watching this film will give you a new appreciation for her skills as an actor. But it’s not just that; Cake is also a really good film.
The story is a simple drama; a woman who lives with constant physical and emotional pain due to a car accident that took the life of her young son tries to cope and exist with everyday life. It’s not a plot-heavy film, but the characters are well-drawn, the script is sharp, and it feels like you’re watching real people go through real things.
Aside from Aniston, the stand-out is Adriana Barraza, who has pretty much a co-lead role here as Aniston’s housekeeper-slash-assistant-slash-cook-slash-de-facto-best-friend. How she didn’t get nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar is beyond me. This whole movie got the shaft when it came to the awards, I guess.
Cake is a superbly acted, extremely enjoyable drama. It’s not the lightest fare in the world, but it’s not depressing either. Definitely check it out.
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