Watch Labor Day Online Or Download Labor Day Movie Free. Kate Winslet is a Real Woman. And Josh Brolin is a Real Man. And yet, they cannot be together. That’s the tragedy of the new drama, Labor Day (based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, who also wrote the source book for Gus Van Sant’s To Die For). And make no mistake, that’s drama read “melodrama”, as in Douglas Sirk-ian 1950s level yarns, so unapologetically awash in far-fetched dysfunction and hot-house volatility amid gloriously stretched-thin plausibility. Such is the melodramatic intent and vibe of director Jason Reitman’s new uncharacteristic film. (Reitman being the maker of snarky stylish comedies of the now, always about troubled individuals, such as Juno and Up in the Air.)
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Download Labor Day Movie Or Watch Labor Day Online Free. If they can simply keep up appearances (a vital part of so many classic melodramas), it means Frank can stay longer, and continue doing his handyman hoodoo all over the home and car. Labor DayBut of course times have changed in terms of the way audiences and even critics accept such melodramatic tropes. Hence, Labor Day is already infamous in critical circles as the new audience-interactive mockable movie sensation of the decade, with filmgoers encouraged to show up with their buddies ready to verbally mock it ala some sort of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” for romance novel-derived movies. While such a thing could be fun to a point, it’ll never take. If any such would-be hecklers were to get deep enough into Labor Day, I doubt they’d find a lot what awaits them to be hilarious comic fodder. That said, the pot-boiled reality of it all does evoke a certain disconnect from the way we live now. It’s self-serious, hot and bothered weepie-sadness on a stick; the kind of “other peoples trouble” escapism that may appeal more to middle aged women than anyone else. It might just be the Fast & Furious of two-hankie weepies.
Or Download Labor Day Movie Free. And I bought it. I bought almost every minute of it. I may be the wrong gender in the wrong decade in the wrong region, but I honestly bought all up. I liked that Brolin’s character is resourceful enough to know when to tie up his hosts, and careful enough not to blab that in his heart of hearts he didn’t want to do it, as it would only placate them. They would figure out the deal soon enough anyhow. I liked how Winslet is a Real Woman, and I liked how Brolin is a Real Man. Not undamaged, not untroubled, not without hopes. But real in that base estrogen feminine/testosterone sweaty kinda way. If nothing else, this is exceptional casting, as these qualities of old school “authentic” are lost on so many contemporary movie stars. Word is Reitman waited to make Labor Day for years until Winslet was available. Smart move. As for Brolin, it’s honestly too bad he’s had so much trouble landing in a hit. Labor Day likely won’t help that, but hopefully he’ll escape his rut, as his unique presence is appreciated in even his overall least effective films.
Download Labor Day Movie Or Watch Labor Day Online Free. Finally, I liked how the movie stopped for a good few minutes for Brolin to teach them how to bake a peach pie the old school way. For whatever reason, I shared the fascination the camera maintains for this sequence of utter process – hands kneading and pounding out dough with lingering exactitude and precision that other films reserve for handguns and sports cars. Then, the pie bakes the in the oven in an uncool time lapse shot. I don’t even like peach pie very much, but man, did I like the saccharine curveball of this out of left field sequence. Jason Reitman, in attempting to resurrect the “women’s film” of yore, has managed to cook up a rare thing at the movies today – individuals in a precarious situation too human to read as out-and-out movie characters, yet too characterly to strike viewers as entirely real. This is the stuff of Douglas Sirk and his earlier contemporaries when they set out so long ago to entertain the masses with such compelling strains of melodrama. (And yet, Labor Day finds time to be a coming of age film for young Henry, as well.)
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Or Download Labor Day Movie Free. That same against the grain approach Reitman has employed in previous efforts is true here with the director taking responsibility for adapting Maynard’s work for the screen. As has been the case with every Reitman film, his taste in casting is impeccable. From the A list stars above the title down to the extras populating the background Reitman finds himself in a league with directors like Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher who have an eye for casting. Reitman wanted Kate Winslet (Carnage) for this role so badly that he delayed production of the film to accommodate her schedule. Back on screen after nearly two years, Winslet reminds us again why she’s so valuable an asset to any film set she joins. In similar territory to her work in 2006’s Little Children, Winslet is a mother struggling with depression years after her husband (Clark Gregg, The To-Do List) left her to start a new life. Living with her son (Gattlin Griffith) in the kind of New England home that’s too run down to be fancy but too well kept to be ramshackle, she rarely ventures outside, preferring to shut the world out and stay cocooned within.
Download Labor Day Movie Or Watch Labor Day Online Free. Relative newcomer Griffith is remarkably assured and Winslet helps him avoid coming off with a misplaced hyper-sensitivity to the situation. When an escaped convict (Josh Brolin, Oldboy) takes mother and son hostage during a once in a blue moon trip to the supermarket, a carefully played trio of agendas start to take shape over a hot and sticky Labor Day weekend in 1987. Brolin’s character is wounded physically and emotionally, jailed for a crime of passion we see played out in brief flashbacks that reveal themselves cautiously rather than tease for show. Coming off like a gentle giant rarely threatening, Brolin’s actions over the next several days are certainly unconventional as he helps around the house, fixes what was once broken, and, in a scene bound to be lampooned in the next Scary Movie entry, helps Winslet and Griffth make a peach pie.
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Or Download Labor Day Movie Free. Ah…the peach pie scene. Y’know, I went into the movie with no knowledge of this but so many of the reviews are either deriding it as exceedingly syrupy or praising it as one of the sexier non sex scenes since Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze made a muddy mess at their Ghost pottery wheel. Either way you’ll be licking your lips at how deliciously cinematographer Eric Steelberg (Draft Day) captures every flake of crust and piping hot filling. Aside from the central trio, Gregg’s fatherly once a week outings with his son and new family have that forced happiness feel to them that we actually understand why Griffith can’t wait to get back to the man on the run playing house with his mom. Brooke Adams has a nice little cameo as a mother to a disabled boy…and leaves a lasting impression with a genuinely startling surprise. Even if she comes off like a character out of Diablo Cody’s imagination, Brighid Fleming’s turn as the new girl in town leaves you wanting more. Heck, even James Van Der Beek gets a few good moments as a concerned sheriff.
In the stifling heat of a long Labor Day weekend (everyone maintains a glistening gleam of sweat for the majority of the film), three people form the kind of family environment they never knew they needed. Sure, the final third of the film withers a bit and lingers a tad too long but it doesn’t die on the vine. With a director now fully coming into his own leading a cast of esteem, Labor Day has even-keeled fireworks on display.