Friday, February 22, 2013
2013 Oscars: Mindful Makeover Movies
No matter the era, "makeover" movies will always resonate collectively with an audience. From movies like Now, Voyager with Betty Davis who starts out as an old maid and transforms into a great lady to movies like Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts who goes from streetwalker to starlite, there is a common thread of transformation. This transformation (either physical or emotional) always seems to be very telling of the times.
When you think about Now, Voyager in the 40's, the movies of that era highlight the social stigma of a spinster. The movies from the 80's go forward, such as Pretty Woman, give the audience hope with a rags to riches theme. Current movies incorporate appearences and how they affect our everyday lives.
The movies nominated for the 2013 Oscars all have a sense of transformation. In the movie Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both have personality disorders which are resolved as they become more mindful of themselves and their surroundings.
In the movie Les Miserables Anne Hathaway does a great job singing, but I feel that she was nominated by a "hair cut."
Quvenzhané Wallis plays Hushpuppy, an imaginative girl living with her father in an isolated Louisiana swampland. Her seemly sweet and innocent character transforms into a fierce & magnetic young girl. Her performance clearly shows she is a prodigy child.
Daniel Day Lewis gave us a Neptunian performance in Lincoln. His chameleon-like performance proves he is a channel to the roles he plays. He states, "the voice of the character is the finger print of the soul."
Sally Fields never disappoints when watching her in character. She wanted to put on weight to play Mary Todd Lincoln or as she called herself Madam President. When questioned why she couldn't just use heavy makeup and costumes, she responded by saying you have to see the weight on her face to feel the authenticity of the character.
Last but not least, Denzel Washington's performance in Flight was riveting. His ability to tap into a very dark place is shown time and time again. Danzel is the antithesis of mindfulness. His character attains the inner transformation which we all strive for in life. We all go through very dark places in our lives, he depicted how it is possible to come clean by conveying the message that secrets are poison to the soul.