Thursday, October 07, 2010
1439 - The Visitor
I'm a little embarrassed that it took me this long to get around to watching this film. I loved McCarthy's The Station Agent and so I was primed for whatever he was up to next. Richard Jenkins is one of the great character actors and his starring role is long deserved. This is a simple story about a man learning that it's okay to live simply. It feels real and honest, and that's what McCarthy does well as a storyteller. He makes you feel like you're in these scenes with these people - you believe the injustice of whatever happens. I'm sure it happens hundreds of times every day across North America. This isn't the kind of film that you ever really need to revisit, but you enjoy it while it's going on. In fact, I think this is a story that isn't told nearly enough. If you like real stories about real people - you'll dig it.