Flash Movie Review: Welcome to Me

When anyone describes their emotions as a roller coaster ride I believe them. Between friends and work I have seen some extreme actions from people. There was a friend of mine who suffered with bouts of depression from time to time. They were resistant to seeking out help because they were afraid they would be labeled crazy. Yes I know it was a very old concept. Luckily they met a doctor who explained things in a way that brought comfort to my friend and they began to use an antidepressant. Another friend of mine had a tragic experience when their boyfriend who was bipolar committed suicide; he left a gut-wrenching note behind. To a different extreme I had a woman in my yoga class who was classified manic depressive. I did not know it at first but after some time I noticed when she was not wearing her eyeglasses she was bubbly and animated. If she had her glasses on then she was pretty much non-emotional and quiet. After a few months she came up to me after class to ask about a particular yoga pose. From that conversation she informed me of her condition and told me about some of the things she had done when she was on her “high” as she referred to it. I will say some of the stuff she said she did was off the wall as they say, but she stressed how yoga helped keep her steady. It was an eye opening experience for me to say the least and one that was a precursor to the character in this movie.    WHEN Alice Klieg, played by Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins, Girl Most Likely), won the lottery she decided to go off of her meds and buy herself a talk show. She wanted to be the next Oprah. This comedic drama had several strengths in its favor. The main one was Kristen; her dramatic acting in this role was made even better with her physicality. With the other actors such as Tim Robbins (Jacob’s Ladder, Mystic River) as Dr. Daryl Moffet, Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, American Beauty) as Gabe Ruskin and James Marsden (The Best of Me, The Loft) as Rich Ruskin; they all worked well together in keeping the story on track. Not that watching this film would make one feel as if they were a spectator at a traffic accident, but there were times where I felt I was witnessing the breakdown of a human being. The only negative I saw was in the directing; there were some uneven moments through the film. However, having the right mix of humor and drama in this interesting original story, along with Kristen’s wonderful acting and I was hooked.

 

3 stars

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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 May 14, 2015, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you for the great review! My sister who died over 20 years ago in her late 20s had manic depression. She stopped taking her Lithium medication when she missed her “highs” in life. Her death though was unrelated to that, it was just a tragic accident. I’m very interested in seeing this movie, thank you again.

    • I appreciate you sharing a part of your family history in light of this film. I really hope you get to see it and let me know your thoughts on it. The film is on VOD. Thank you so much.

  2. Another interesting tidbit is that a number of people who are diagnosed as depressed or bi-polar have thyroid problems. Hypothyroid can mimic depression, and a condition in which too much or too little of the hormone is present at any one time can make a person appear bi-polar. I’m happy to say that more and more doctors are trying to rule out other problems first before prescribing psychotropic medications and are finding that meditation can be as effective, or more so, than medication for people diagnosed with a mental difference.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your information with the rest of us. I can see where meditation would have a positive effect. If you see this movie I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

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