Thursday, November 5, 2015

Movie Review: The Human Stain

by M. J. Joachim

Anthony Hopkins, Gary Sinise and Nicole Kidman make this film based on Philip Roth’s book come alive, exquisitely detailing events based on this true story of racism gone awry, during a time when prejudicial segregation was the law of the land in the United States of America. One can’t help but consider the underlying message of a man (played by Anthony Hopkins) who felt compelled to deny his very existence, in the name of survival and in his efforts to achieve greatness in his own right.

Compelling, strange, mysterious and sadly, probably more accurate than we’d like to admit, this film touches on the inner workings of the human spirit, taking us deeper into our own thought processes about the indisputable judgments we all make on each other. Kidman plays trailer trash, unlovable at best, disgusting at worse, which makes Hopkins attracted to her all the more. No one understands this of course, because on the surface, Hopkins is denying the role of success he chose to play, when in reality, he is owning up to his own weaknesses that caused him to lie about his entire life to begin with. It’s a tangled mess to be sure, especially when Ed Harris, trailer trash’s ex-husband enters the mix.

Star studded, well played and vigorously thought provoking, this movie is enlightening, challenging, disturbing and exceptional to watch. It’s one that will tantalize the psyche and influence the heart. It’s one I’m glad I watched and hope you will too.

Thursday already? Where has this week gone?

M. J.

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