Alright guys, another week of Breaking Netflix has come to a close.
Now it’s time to discuss week 2’s movie: Side Effects!
As per the usual warning: If you have not seen this film and are interested in watching it, please do not read beyond this point! This post will contain spoilers and I don’t want to be blamed for knowledge you didn’t want to know.
As a reminder, here are the names of a few important characters, just so you can be lazy and not go through the entire wiki :D [Yer welcome].
- Rooney Mara = Emily Taylor
- Channing Tatum = Martin Taylor
- Catherine Zeta-Jones = Dr. Victoria Siebert
- Jude Law = Dr. Jonathan Banks
- Vinessa Shaw = Deirdre Banks [Dr. Johnathan’s wifey]
Alright, now that that’s out of the way, I’ve got some questions I want to ask you guys!
- What did you think of the movie? Did you like it/not like it?
- Who was your favorite or least favorite character(s)?
- What was your favorite scene?
- How did you feel when the credits started rolling?
- Anything else you want to comment on (quotes, social commentary, themes or whatever else) :D
- WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE NEXT ON BREAKING NETFLIX? As a reminder, these were previously mentioned viewing ideas.
Okay, here are my answers to ze questions!
(1) I thought this movie was pretty good, I liked it and I would probably recommend it to others! I think that it was very much done exactly in the same tone as the preview trailer, which was nice. I knew what I was getting into but at the same time, I SO DID NOT know what I was getting into. Overall I can see why it has such a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
(2) I am a bit bias here, but Catherine Zeta Jones (Dr. Siebert) stole all the scenes for me. Every time she was on screen I was completely captivated. Her character was strategic, manipulative and a total douche bag. THE ACTING WAS SO GOOD! I’d have to say that my least favorite character at times was Emily, just because a lot of the scenes – especially the stabbing scene – seems forced and not very convincing. Although the character herself was very layered, so I guess she wasn’t all that bad. I wanted to say Martin was my least favorite character, but I really believed he cared for Emily in every scene they were together. Minus the dick comment about her medication and sex. Oh, men.
(3) FAVORITE SCENES – okay okay okay, first scene, super obvious, the scene where Emily confesses everything that she and Dr. Siebert had schemed together. HOLY SHIT, DID NOT SEE A LESBIAN RELATIONSHIP COMING, WUAHHH??? Nice. I like being caught off guard. I suspected things were fishy when the two of them spoke briefly before those sexy time photos were mailed to Dr. Bank’s home. But I didn’t not see that whole plot twist. Second scene, was the scene where Jude Law’s whole fucking world comes crashing down. Oh sorry not Jude Law, uh, Dr. Banks. The part where his endorsement is pulled, his coworkers freak the fuck out on him, his wife sees the incriminating pictures with Emily. OMG! I totally felt so bad for this guy. Law does a great job of acting there. My favorite scenes in most movies are the domino effect ones.
My least favorite scene…was Martin’s death scene. It wasn’t believable for me, and both actors (Tatum and Mara) didn’t seem like they were trying all that hard to convince me either.
(4) When the credits started rolling all I could think was, Dr. Banks – you are a dick after all. Seriously, I could not believe he pulled that shit! Emily being sent to a mental hospital, granted she wasn’t the most level headed person, but she was not suffering a mental illness. I thought that this kind of attitude, where a mental health facility is a way of punishing someone, was inappropriate. But that might be the nursing student in me speaking, I’m just saying. I didn’t get that whole “YEAH, SEND HER AWAY” vibe, I was just really upset that this is where the movie decided to end up. Of course, I’m aware it was most likely done as a way to dramatize the plot; I just didn’t like the mental health facility as being depicted with negative connotations.
(5) I liked the fact that this movie showcased therapeutic communication between patients and their therapists…in the beginning. LOL! It obviously gets a bit chaotic when shit hits the fan, but before all that I like hearing the patient and therapist interaction. Along the same lines I liked that there was no mention of stigma for depression or seeking treatment for depression, so super kudos. But their drama at the end kind of stomped over that by its misuse of power in the field. No movie is perfect…i guess.
(6) I think we should stick to another movie this upcoming week. We had some good ones listed in our original Breaking Netflix post!