We Have Always Lived in the Castle Movie Review

Being different is most certainly an awkward experience. But being accused of falsehoods is another story.

In the 2018 movie, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (based on the book of the same name by Shirley Jackson), Mary Catherine “Merricat” Blackwood (Taissa Farminga) and her elder sister Constance (Alexandra Daddario) live in their isolated mansion at the edge of their small town in the late 1950’s. After being accused of killing their parents six years previous to the start of the story, Constance goes only as far as the garden. Their only companion is their wheelchair bound Uncle Julian (Crispin Glover), who is obsessed with the continual rewrites of his memoir. Only Merricat goes into town, knowing that it will not be a pleasant experience.

Things change when their cousin Charles (Sebastian Stan) comes for a visit. What starts out as a pleasant time together turns into an emotional rollercoaster. Family secrets that have been kept in the dark are brought to the light, threatening the tenuous existence within the household.

I don’t recall reading the book, so I cannot comment on the changes that were made to the screenplay. I really liked this movie. The acting is fantastic, specifically by Farminga and Daddario. Merricat is an unlikely heroine. Her mannerisms and the way she speaks is unconventional for a female character in her late teens. Behind her smile and easy going nature, Constance appears to be emotionally frail and easily set off. It has a noir-ish, Rebecca feeling that immediately sucked me in.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is available for streaming on Netflix.


Throwback Thursday-Back To The Future (1985)

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have long memorized the story of how my parents met and took those first steps toward being a couple.

In Back To The Future (1985), Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) has been sent back in time to 1955 by Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). His mission is to make sure that this then high school age parents, Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover) get together, otherwise he and his siblings will be erased from existence. Problems arise when his future mother develops a crush on him and his future father is too timid to stand up to the local teenage bully, Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson).

Back To The Future is 30 years old, but it is as fresh and entertaining as it was during it’s initial run in the movie theaters. One of my favorite things about this movie is watching Marty discover his parents, not as his parents, but as teenagers. It’s a little disconcerting watching Lorraine have a crush on a boy who the audience knows is her son. But it is a movie, so suspending reality is not such a hard thing to do.

And the DeLorean is the absolute coolest movie car ever.

I recommend it.

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