The Meddler Movie Review: When Beyoncé Shows Up. Art Imitates Life.
I recently watched The Meddler http://sonyclassics.com/themeddler/ and enjoyed it too much. Susan Sarandon plays a widow who keeps Beyoncé's song from 4, "I Am Here", on loop in her car. It's the song that gets her through the grief on her journey to figuring out how to really live without her husband and how to be there for her adult daughter who is also grieving.
The cast is refreshingly diverse. I had only seen the poster for the film before deciding to see it because the two lead actresses (Susan Sarandon an Rose Byrne) are consistently great in everything I have ever seen them in. I'm not sure if the preview conveys the ways in which the film is diverse, but it was notably so. I've watched a lot of films like this one and the writers clearly went out of their way to write diverse characters when they totally could have stuck with the usual super white melodramatic dysfunctional family comedy--my fave. I'm glad they didn't. Jerrod Carmichael (the comedian and star of the Charmichaels show) either plays twin brothers or his twin made his film debut as quirky, extremely random characters who probably could have been edited out, honestly, because the storyline was awkward and ultimately I'll-fitted. However, I was happy to see him.
Before the film started a quote from another movie preview said, " Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedian." Or something like that. I totally agree and think this film does a great job at showing how bittersweet love and life and family ultimately is. Pain is a guarantee--sooner or later but sure as Beyonce's lack of cellulite.
The movie is kind of all over the place, as life can be sometimes too. The only reason it goes on my watch-a-bunch-of-times-on-Netflix list is because she's a mom of an adult child who gets by with a little help from Beyoncé and that is totally my future.
In The Meddler, my film genre bae and my music bae merged to meet me here. What a blessing.
Here's the preview: http://youtu.be/XbN58_kYZrU