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‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Review

'Martha Marcy May Marlene' on IMDb

My unexpected watch of 2012 for sure. Took a chance on this film and so glad I did. John Hawkes is easily one of the best actors on the planet and he proved it once again with his subtle portrayal of a cult leader, his charisma was hard to deny even with such a dark character. He is just one of those actors that can bring you into a film and tell you to ‘sit down cause you ain’t leaving until this film is done.

If you are unaware of John Hawkes, I highly recommend you watching his roles in Winter’s Bone and Contagion. Yah, small roles but he makes them big.

Even though I tuned in because of John Hawkes, it was Elizabeth Olsen that made this film a great film. What a coming out party for the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. She proved in the first 20 minutes of this film that she was born with the acting chops in the family, she clearly has more acting capability than both her twin sisters combined. I know you probably don’t want to take a chance on this film because the lead actress is related to Michelle from Full House, but trust me, even before the urge of singing a song about peanut butter sets in, you will kick yourself in the ass not taking a chance on this film.

Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy were the main supporting cast members. I felt their portrayals lacked the emotion needed to make this film better, for this reason, my rating of this film is a bit lower.

For a portrayal of cult life from the inside out and for putting my faith into young actors doing nudity for ‘art’ and not to ‘get ahead’ once again, I rate this film 8/10

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In self-reflection; I can honestly say all that is good in my life has been a direct result of my artistic expression. Be it through writing poetry, prose, or philosophy, through painting or photography, or through filmmaking, art saved my life and it can save yours.
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