#Review: Labor Day
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a viewing party for the movie, Labor Day.
I received a complimentary copy of the movie from Paramount Pictures and Influenster for testing purposes. Also get a chance to enter the Brand Challenge that goes with it for a chance to win a prize. Hehe.
Anywho, I figured I’d also post up my review of the movie. This is something new for me here on the blog. Depending on how things go, I think I’ll do more of this in the future. We’ll see.
I hosted the movie Saturday afternoon. Got a few peeps to come over, as you can see. Can’t exactly see me since I’m the one holding the camera to take the photo, but rest assured I’m there. Took this shot at the beginning of the movie, though the TV glare doesn’t show it well.
When I asked folks to come over for the viewing, I didn’t mention much about the movie to them beforehand because I wanted them to watch it with an open mind. I only mentioned enough to pique their interest, and prayed they’d come. Which, of course, they did.
I confess when I first saw the poster for the movie, I first thought it was a straight up Romance flick. Man, I can’t tell you how wrong I was! Yes, it’s Romance, but there’s quite a bit of Dramatic Suspense mixed in. When Josh’s character popped out the way he did, I knew right off the bat that whatever I’d thought beforehand about the movie was shot out the window.
Truthfully, I’m glad. Why, you might ask? Because it made the movie all the more appealing when the suspenseful parts started picking up. We got to witness two broken people coming together in such a way that left you breathless and wanting more by the time the movie ended. Granted, the movie started off slow, but don’t let that hinder your watching it. You’re going to want to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Kate’s acting comes across beautifully as a broken woman who’s afraid to live life after being dealt so many hardships. Gattlin Griffith, who plays her son in the movie, came across as a teen who’s doing his best to cope with the situation he and his mother now find themselves in. Josh, of course, plays his role as a hard and embittered fugitive quite nicely. Although you can sort of see that his character isn’t quite what he seems to be. Deep down, he’s loving and considerate despite the fact that he’s now a criminal.
These three characters, plus the supporting characters in the movie, add a touch of bittersweet drama that lends credence to the fact that everyone is just trying to co-exist within their own worlds. I honestly enjoyed the movie itself, and plan on watching it again soon. It’s that good, I assure you.
I know I haven’t gone into too many details about the movie itself, but that’s only because I don’t want to post any spoilers. It’s well worth watching, trust me. If you do get to see it soon enough, I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did.
Don’t forget that Labor Day is also available now for Digital Release, too. You can find it on Amazon and any available digital medium online. You can also find it available for purchase via Blu-Ray and DVD.