Monday, December 24, 2012
Just capsule reviews this final week of 2012 as I plow through all of the year-end offerings. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in the Thailand tsunami saga “The Impossible,” the true story of a happily married couple and their three young sons, separated and (to various extents) badly hurt in the tsunami, who managed to survive and (more miraculously) find each other again. Director J.A. Bayona stages the tsunami differently from Clint Eastwood’s in “Hereafter” but equally devastatingly – less supernatural, bloodier and more visceral. There are also some deeply moving scenes involving the oldest son’s efforts to help other children find their parents among the nameless faces occupying countless hospital beds. The movie’s sentimentality and thundering score wear thin by the end, but it’s worth seeing.