The Confirmation | Review & Giveaway
Dammit – am back from my holidays and into the swing of things – time to start catching up on the 30+ articles and stop myself from drowning. First off the block is a review and giveaway for THE CONFIRMATION. A new art-house movie starring Clive Owen and the very talented Jaeden Lieberher. THE CONFIRMATION releases this Thursday 15th and this competition I am running is only going for two days so I can send out the prize on Wednesday. The movie itself and the competition is from the fantastic folks at ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION. The movie is rated PG and runs for 101mins.
BY JASON KING
Thanks to ICON FILM DISTRIBUTION you can win one prize pack. Details are at the end of the article on how to win – but get your head thinking about your favourite father/son or mother/daughter movies. The prize pack includes 1x double pass to THE CONFIRMATION which releases into art-house cinemas this Thursday 15th September. You ALSO WIN an ICON DVD PACK containing; (Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt’s old movie) WHAT WOMEN WANT, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR, DAN IN REAL LIFE and the fracking insanely awesome original DEATH AT A FUNERAL. Not a bad prize at all – and take heed – this comp is ONLY running for two days and will end at midday on Wednesday 14th September.
Eight year old Anthony (Jaeden Lieberher) is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his never-around, alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad, Walt (Clive Owen), while his mom Bonnie (Maria Bello) and her new husband Kyle (Matthew Modine) go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job.
As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.
The one thing that stands out and shines through in THE CONFIRMATION is the acting talents of the two leads. Clive Owen is always watchable, his accent and effortless presence is comforting and always entertaining. Further to this Jaeden Lieberher is fast becoming one of my favourite little person actors. At only thirteen years old he has graced the screen in four movies, most of which can be considered winners. Imagine if your acting CV started with ALOHA, ST VINCENT, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (one of my fave movies of 2016) and then THE CONFIRMATION.
The chemistry between Owen and Lieberher is sensational. Their individualism is quite similar and they are much better and stronger when together. Like all winning relationships they make each other better people. They get into or up to drama, shenanigans, bonding, incredible love for each other and some dangerous situations. The movie deals with the ever-growing struggling class in the U.S., religion and the ethics of a lie (I truly loved these scenes). It then looks at unique family situations, crime, drugs and small town America.
DIRECTION & SUPPORT CAST:
THE CONFIRMATION is the directorial debut from writer Bob Nelson, who received an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska. Nebraska was the incredibly quirky multiple Oscar nominated black and white movie starring Bruce Dern and directed by Alexander Payne. Nelson also wrote THE CONFIRMATION and his somewhat small-town quirky signature is all over the screenplay.
And on top of our talented leads be sure to keep your eyes out for the talented support cast. Maria Bello and Matthew Modine star as Anthony’s mother and stepfather. Their roles are really small and I would have loved more of them, especially the clueless, living-in-another-world Modine.
Patton Oswald briefly entertains, as does the always brilliant Stephen Tobolowsky as Father Lyons. Little person Spencer Trever was great as was his onscreen father, Tim Blake Nelson. I could have done with more of Robert Forster’s character, Otto, however.
The supporting cast are splendid but I did find their characters mostly quirky with little depth. For most of these characters I could sit through entire films on them alone, they all were interesting but we only got to see glimpses of them.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK:
Besides the above-mentioned briefness of the supporting actors the story overall was quite weak. It was quaint, the best way to describe it. It wasn’t anything with huge developments but embraced a-day-in-the-life of this more common family in the struggles of the USA.
I wasn’t a fan of making the crime and drugs appear more comedic than dangerous. Oswald’s character was taking ICE (I think), but it was made light of, this bothered me. I appreciate drugs in comedy and same with crime but it also needed to hit a rock bottom in the movie. It happened slightly with the alcoholism which was handled well but then the movie sailed through choppy waters but mostly stayed safe.
The other thing that bothered me was the complete acceptance of the situation from Bonnie (Maria Bello). There is no way ex-partners are accepting of these type of situations that have occurred with the person they have divorced and children.
I enjoyed THE CONFIRMATION. It was a quaint tale made the better for the chemistry from the two leads. I did find the entire story quite weak but there are some brilliant pieces of dialogue and some great touching scenes.
HOW TO WIN THE CONFIRMATION PRIZE PACK:
With special thanks to ICON to win THE CONFIRMATION PRIZE PACK you need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage). Further to this you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:
What is your favourite father and son or mother and daughter movie and why? Mine is hands down FINDING NEMO – nothing comes close :).
If you do not have social media then you can still enter, leave your entry below in the comments and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).
This is a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges.
The prizes will be drawn on or before September 15th. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.
Jason King owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan.
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