Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Movie Review: Matchstick Men

**Warning - This post contains spoilers**

Matchstick men was the kind of movie that as I was watching it, I thought I wasn't going to like it. Shira and I had the main twist of the plot figured out about 4 minutes after it started.

I mean, c'mon, Mom won't talk to you, but she's cool with having you meet her daughter in a park all by her lonesome? And then everyone's cool with her showing up at your door and Mom not caring? The whole premise was so obvious that it was painful to watch at times.

And yet, when it's all said done, I enjoyed the movie. It turned out to essentially be a PMA story - a kind of Who Moved My Cheese where the mice get conned out of their cheese, instead of having it moved.

The message is really quite powerful - what if all the stuff you are so desperately holding onto is what is bringing you down? He lost everything (well, as he put it, gave it away), yet it was what allowed him to truly live.

I give the film an 8.5/10 for delivering such a positive message in a neat little package.


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