Fireflies In The Garden
This Dennis Lee film was originally released in 2008, but never made it to American shores until now. Besides the movie, we were treated to an introduction from the writer/director himself. There was an extra buzz as Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, and Hayden Panettiere were also in attendance. Amateur paparazzi snapped pictures with their smartphones and posted them to Facebook.
I have to admit I had to take a few second glances myself, but what is also mesmerizing are the other fans going absolutely bananas. One person left his seat and traveled a few rows up to take a closer shot of Julia. I’m not trying to be the next Perez Hilton, but I sure wouldn’t mind his traffic. I wondered what is the fascination of the general public with celebrities? Is it the fortune, fame, the jet setting life style? Grass is greener on the other side? Whatever the reason is, can’t you direct this stargazing energy to improve your life so you could take one step closer to living the life of your dreams? I digress, but if you have a theory, leave a comment below. Anyway, on with the show!
He’s one scary dude. But if you’re looking for a patriarch who rules his family with an iron fist, you can’t do better than Dafoe. If you have father issues, be thankful you didn’t him.
She was the sweet nurturing matriarch that held the family together. I haven’t seen any of her recent films, but there were some dramatic scenes that reminded me she’s just not a pretty face.
The last time I saw Reynolds, he was a playboy goofball who refused to grow up in The Change Up. He played a successful romance novelist and showed his dramatic range. I almost didn’t recognize him with his beard, but it was a pleasant surprise to see that he can do more than just comedy!
Best Of The Rest
Emily Watson and Hayden Panettiere had some memorable moments. It was also nice to see Carrie Anne Moss (Trinity from The Matrix). Last, but not least, kudos to Cayden Boyd who was superb as the young Ryan Reynolds.
The flashback storytelling style was very well done. But this was a very heavy film so if you are looking for a feel good time, this is not the movie for you. I read that this movie is semi-autobiographical. Let’s just say that Dennis Lee had a challenging childhood. But from his struggle, I hope the process of producing a well-acted and engaging story, helped him exorcise some of his demons.