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"What Maisie Knew" Film Review
"What Maisie Knew"
What Maisie Knew, based on Henry James's novel, with Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Onata Aprile as Maisie was well acted and directed, but it didn't measure up to Kramer vs. Kramer, with Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, the all-time standard for divorce films.
Onata Aprile's performance as the child of the divorced couple was near-perfect. Julianne Moore was competent as usual but a bit over the top as Onata's monster, uptight, wannabe rock star career driven mother. Steve Coogan, Onata's father, a N. Y. art dealer, was more genial but equally neglectful of his young child. What Maisie Knew paints the characters much more in black and white than were Kramer vs. Kramer's Streep and Hoffman.
For me, the star of the show was Onata Aprile who's understated, knowing performance as a child abused horribly by her narcissistic parents, hit just the right notes throughout the film. The other two significant characters, Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham, who were pawns in the spiteful game of Aprile's parents provided contrasting love and care for the young child of divorce. The movie was well done but hard to watch.
5-2-13NYTimes--"Adult Head Games, Focused on a Child" Film Review by A.O. Scott
- ‘What Maisie Knew’ Stars Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan - NYTimes.com
“What Maisie Knew,” an adaptation of the Henry James short novel, is about a young girl caught in a custody battle between her mother and father.
Julianne Moore Wikibio
- Julianne Moore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Julianne Moore (b. 1960) is a British–American actress and children's book author. A prolific cinema actress since the early 1990s, Moore has established a successful career in both art house and Hollywood films.
Steve Coogan Wikibio
- Steve Coogan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stephen John "Steve" Coogan (b. 1965 in Middleton, Lancashire) is an English actor, farceur, writer, impressionist and producer.
Alexander Skarsgard wikibio
- Alexander Skarsgård - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (b.1976) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
Joanna Vanderham, Wikibio
- Joanna Vanderham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joanna Vanderham (born 1992 in Scone, Perth) is a Scottish actress. She plays Cathy in Sky TV's sixpart serial The Runaway, which started on 31 March 2011, adapted from Martina Cole's novel.
Kramer vs. Kramer
- Kramer vs. Kramer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It received five Academy Awards in 1979 in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.