I know we haven’t blogged for a while now but hey, personal matters need to be taken care of, too, right? Anyway, I promise not to let you down with today’s post, as I am going to write about a good movie, which is urgently needed after the previous two posts on The Bronze and A Hologram for the King.
I must admit that I feel a bit ashamed because it took me so long to watch Cake, which was very publicized and promoted, mainly due to Jennifer Aniston’s Oscar campaigning. Unfortunately, she didn’t get a nomination last year, although I think she should have. Cake is a very tragic movie about the bitter Claire who suffers a lot due to a raw tragedy in her past combined with chronicle physical pain that resulted in drug and alcohol abuse. She becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her support group called Nina, and she starts looking for details about her suicide, which leads to a friendship with Nina’s husband and son.
The movie is very raw and extremely tragic, which I always appreciate because I love movies that aren’t always about happy endings and living happily ever after. Cake is very down-to-Earth with a an interesting plot. I am a HUGE fan of Friends and for me, Jennifer Aniston is Rachel no matter what, but she nailed this part. Her acting is very convincing and you can really feel her pain, and although she is angry all the time, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. Jennifer, WELL DONE! The reasons behind Claire’s physical and emotional pain are not very clear in the movie, so you have to follow and pay attention to every detail and a lot is left to the imagination and interpretation.
And of course, Adriana Barraza plays the Mexican caretaker… I feel that I see her as a nanny, housewife or caretaker in every movie that involves Mexico, lol. Her performance in Cake is very good, too! I usually see her as a background character in other movies but she really plays an important role in this one. Another important thing is the name of the movie, as, initially, it has nothing to do with cakes, and it’s something that becomes clear later in the movie. However, I don’t think it’s so important that the movie deserves to be called Cake, but whatever…
If it weren’t for my love for dark, tragic, mysterious movies, I would’ve given Cake 3 out of 5 clapperboards but because I love the aforementioned AND because of Jennifer Aniston’s impeccable acting, I have to give it 4. You might wonder why I didn’t give it 5, but it simply didn’t leave me in that much awe despite everything. All in all, it is a good movie and I would definitely recommend it so you can see that Jennifer Aniston is much more than Rachel Green.