Saturday, December 28, 2013

What Maisie Knew - DVD Review

Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile and Joanna Vanderham. Directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel.


This involving, infuriating film is about a six-year-old girl named Maisie who gets bounced back and forth by her two selfish parents.  Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play Mom and Dad, she a fading rock star, he an art dealer. Neither seem particularly interested in her except as a weapon to use against each other in divorce proceedings. Each get new lovers, and Maisie's new stepmom and stepdad have more compassion for her than her parents, but no one really wants to make the time to actually raise her.

Anyone with kids will want to throttle the parents well before it's over.  The acting's great all over, with sensitive portrayals by Skarsgard and Vanderham as the stepparents, Moore and Coogan as the parents, and Aprile is very natural as Maisie. She's resilient and patient, and she makes you want to adopt her away from these self-absorbed people.

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