Mother and Child
Mother and Child – Movie Review
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.
Mother and Child is a film by Rodrigo Garcia with Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. Jackson. So it’s got a great cast. The problem is that the movie was written and directed by the same man and it clearly is heart felt, but I think it takes a special kind of person to be able to write and direct their own mission statement because when you’re writing you want to get everything in it, when you’re directing you want to make sure that everything serves the narrative and I think that those are two requirements are really at odds with one another. The story is an important one. The movie is compiled of nine various combinations and permeations of mother and child relationships, but even so, it ends up being pretty predictable. Everything is relatively trite and it doesn’t quite pull at the heartstrings enough considering the topic. You know where everything is going and that’s not an advantage in a movie at all. So while the cast and the subject are certainly A list, the movie itself I will give 3 stars.