To Die For (Movie Thoughts: Blackbird)

If ‘Blackbird’ was done well, it would have been a movie right up my alley. It’s one of those family dramas, and of course this one is a dysfunctional family who gets together for one last weekend with their matriarch, played by Susan Sarandon. She has some kind of degenerative disease, and has decided to ‘take care of things.’ See: euthanasia. It’s a polarizing topic but here the decision is treated like deciding which schmear to put on your bagel.

That’s only the beginning of the film’s problems – each of the children have ‘quirks,’ all cookie-cutter traits we have all seen before in better films, though the cast tries best in making the characters feel real. But the likes of Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowksi are not miracle workers, and there’s only so much they can wring out of a flat screenplay. And I am sorry, the whole time I am watching this I cannot help but think that Sarandon is a big Trump supporter so I cannot just fully get on with things.

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