Flash Movie Review: Cake

There are two types of trauma that affect our body, physical and emotional. Each one has its own unique ramifications on how they are handled. When a bone gets broken in the body, there are ways it gets repaired which usually are visible to everyone as it slowly heals. I remember as a kid when someone would get their arm or leg in a cast it was like a badge of honor. They would have all their friends sign the cast and the goofier the message the better. You would have thought I had found the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when I had found at the local discount store a pen that had gold ink. I thought it was the coolest thing as I would print my messages out in extra large letters. As for emotional trauma, the body usually handles it in such a way that a bystander may not even know something is going on. Emotional trauma cannot only last longer in a person it can do more damage. It can feel as if the person has been trapped in a dilapidated house with unusable windows, where pieces or chunks of wall are dropping on them periodically as a reminder of their pain. ย  ย JENNIFER Aniston (We’re the Millers, The Bounty Hunter) played lawyer Claire Bennett, a woman suffering with severe pain. When Nina Collins, played by Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods), a member from Claire’s chronic pain support group committed suicide, Claire began an unusual fixation on Nina’s former life and the life of her widower Roy, played by Sam Worthington (Avatar, Man on a Ledge). This film festival winning drama was all about Jennifer. I have to give her credit for stretching her acting skills to undertake this role. She was excellent to the point that there were times I was cringing along with her as she dealt with her pain. The relationship she had with her housekeeper Silvana, played by Adriana Barraza (Thor, Drag Me to Hell), was especially interesting to watch throughout the film. With Jennifer doing such a good job of acting, it was disappointing the script was not stronger to support her. There were parts of the story that were flat. Also, I do not think it helped having Jennifer’s back story getting revealed in a piecemeal way; some viewers would find it annoying. I think if the writers would not have kept this story in its simplified form it would have been more interesting overall. Based on her performance it was apparent Jennifer was tapping into some traumatic memories, but I am not sure movie goers would feel her pain.


2 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 30, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the review. I’m anxious to see Jennifer’s performance.

  2. This just hasn’t excited me. Still may check it out this weekend.

  3. I love the way you described emotional trauma ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s exactly like that!!

  4. I adore Jennifer Aniston so am looking forward to seeing this. It’s such a shame she doesn’t get more recognition as an actress.

  5. It seems like this role is not the usual Jennifer Aniston role, but I’m curious to see how she pulls this one off. I read mixed reviews on the subject. Great review!

  6. Some people seem to think she was robbed of an Oscar nomination, but I’m still not entirely sold on her performance. Good review.

    • Thanks for the comments. I am missing one best actress nomination due to not playing near me, so I am not sure yet if Jennifer was robbed or not. I hope to still get my Oscar picks out soon, however. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments.

  7. Interesting review, When I first saw the trailer I was thinking, why didn’t you do this years ago, all those comedies that have not helped her, now this why so long a wait I ask. Can’t wait to see for myself.

  8. I’ve straddled the fence on seeing this film but although you’ve only given it 2 1/2 stars, I still think I have to see the movie. The trailers seem to honestly portray the lifestyle that comes with dark addictions even if they are started legally with pain pills. Additionally, we have so many individual addicted to pain medications they can’t imagine life without them nor are they able to wait 30 days to get a refill. The movie may not be perfect but perhaps a beginning to get people talking.

    • A movie does its job if it moves the viewers and this one certainly will I believe. I hope you get to see it and would enjoy hearing your views of it afterwards. Thanks for the comments.

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