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Plot: Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 29 Sep 2017
bares its heart and is both exceptional in its rending of its heart and its humor. (by Quinoa1984)
One of the pleasantries of frequenting movies in the theater : when you go in maybe expecting a decent Gyllenhall performance in what will probably be another sappy true life story and.... Its one of the best faakkin movies of the year as a Bostonian would say ! David Gordon Green exceeds any expectations by pulling no punches, but at the same time crafting a tender and difficult love story this could probably be on a double bill with the Big Sick, kind of the reverse side of that maybe . Also Tatiana Maslany shows why she will be around for a while one hopes post Orphan Black, and Clancy <more>
Brown reminds us why hes still a national treasure in about ten minutes of screen time as Jeff Bauman's father .It's raw, it doesn't pull away, but the filmmaking has a perfect kind of dramatic and at times surprisingly comedy touch that never goes too far, never draws out tears like a manipulative bastard. It's wonderful in that encouraging sense that while Bauman helped to ultimately inspire those simply by, you know, not just not dying but that he didn't give up, this director, who might be unique among his peers as a kind of art-house journeyman if that makes sense, crafts another film loaded to the brim with deeply emotional performances that resonate because of Gyllenhall but also everyone else around him. This is a film rich with an atmosphere that is that Boston in certain movies The Fighter is another where it feels like you're there.Stronger is a case of a filmmaker and cast and entire production going beyond the lines of the usual by taking it down to the level of the basic, and yet it has and wrestles with truly existential problems: if one is still alive, perhaps by a little luck but also from the help of someone else, how do you cope with everyone calling you a hero when you feel like anything but? In other words, it shirks at phoniness, and carries the spirit of what I imagine is Bauman himself. Well well done!
Jake Gyllenthal has accomplished almost the impossible, to give a performance that will rank among the best ever. He channels the ferocity and pain of the best work by Denzel. His "Fences" work might have been depended on a combination of fine acting and his masterful command of theatrical delivery, but Gillenthal here makes you recall how wonderful it can be when the delivery is raw, pure, and intelligent. There's the fire that Jamie Bell brought to "Billy Elliot", and I can certainly could see and feel the pain, much like Eddie Redmayne showed it in both "The <more>
Danish Girl" and "The Theory of Everything". It emanates from the soul of an actor who has connected with his part and reaches sublime levels."Stronger" has Gyllenthal showing us what his character went through as a result of losing both legs during the Boston Marathon attack. We know we're dealing with a man who has faults but is able to show the fact that he has a tremendous emotional core. He is not afraid to reach to show his passion, with a touch of insecurity, and suddenly, the tragedy makes him grow up when he has to deal with issues that shatter both his body and his spirit. He must climb out of the place he is in to learn how live a completely different life. He now relies in others in ways he could have never imagined. His nerves are overactive, giving him anxiety attacks, bouts of depression which can only sabotage the little progress he makes.His face is a mask of frustration, terror, anger, confusion and so many emotions that arise as his life changes. He is in the middle of public events; something that is affecting him in more negative ways because he's frail and lost. He has the support of a few people, some like his mother, tries hard; yet she drinks and is easily seduced by the spotlight. She praises her son, yet ignores the torments he goes through.Jeff's girlfriend remains at his side, enduring the not so easy task that caring for him entails. They have a connection, but there is much that needs healing. Unless, people face their demons, talk frankly, and go through some type of therapy, the pain will become something uglier, and this is where the performance takes your breath away. His rage and cries of desperation when he should be thankful for a new gift, leaves you speechless. There are many amazing parts to his performance, and the degrees of anger and ache are intense and varied. It's not a simple performance. Here's not a man who just looks devastated. Here's an actor whose body, eyes, voice, and who uses anything he can to bring those moments to life. Gyllenthal is absolutely brilliant in what appears so simple but is so powerful. He's not afraid of quiet moments. His voice work here is among some of the finest on film. We have seen him lose weight, add muscle, take chances few actors do. Here he has reached the finish line, giving us something that will probably never be improved upon by him and many others.Gyllenthal does wonders when he's in the hospital in recovery, in his discovery of how difficult it is to use his home's facilities, how hard it is to tell anyone what he is really feeling. His hands shake,his mouth is frozen as he is unable to cry out how much he is suffering. He doesn't understand what he symbolizes for many because he is now in a place which few of us visit, a hell that has taken over his world and makes him hurt in unspeakable ways. He will make, but the road is long and full of all kinds of obstacles. Here's a performance that needs to be seen, admired, rewarded, and applauded because the actor has done exactly what he needed to do: Show us how complex emotion can be.
I usually don't let emotions take over when watching a film, but when a movie focuses all of its attention to the harsh realities of the true story it's conveying, it's not to get a little teary-eyed. With last years release of Patriots Day, the very idea of this film had be worried that they were trying to bank off this tragedy, but that can't be further from the truth with Stronger. Many may not find this film to be quite as emotionally powerful as I did, but I feel that most people will have to agree that it's done impeccably well in that regard. Here is why Stronger <more>
deserves its critical praise and why you'll probably be hearing about this film throughout award season very soon. Thousands of people gather around to watch the Boston marathon, but nobody expected the event that occurred by the finish line. Stronger exists to open the eyes of those who saw this man Jeff Bauman as a hero. While he's the personification of a fighter, which makes him a hero to others, this story is also an exposé for everyone across the planet that has lost someone in a horrific way, or those who have been through a tragedy and must live with newfound consequences. Focussing on the hardships of what he went through after this tragedy, I was so glad to see a more global feel when sharing emotions with its audience. Look, I know this may be too early to state, seeing that many more films are coming this year, but if both Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany both don't receive nominations for their performances here, I'll be genuinely shocked. When it comes to stories like this, you need to perfect your casting in order to make the audience believe this really happened, and my compliments toward these two young performers couldn't be any higher here. Every second either of them were on-screen, I found myself transfixed and completely sucked into their world. These two deliver what is quite possibly the performances of their careers, even though they both already have quite impressive resumes.This man had already been through a lot before his incident, so having to go through this and find a way to live a somewhat normal life was always going to be a challenge. Nobody could've expected him to recover to full normality, but he definitely does the best he can, given certain circumstances. From a family that just wants to joke around most of the time, to being in a love/hate relationship with the girl of his dreams, to having to deal with the loss of his legs and never being able to live a normal life, this is a very hard journey to take in, even though it's incredibly well-done. In the end, I left this film feeling empowered and saddened all at the same time. The roller coaster of emotions that Stronger sends you on it definitely one of the most powerful experiences you will have all year, whether or not you directly relate to it or not. With pulse-pounding realism, world- class performances, an emotionally resonant climax, and an overall journey that I believe everyone needs to experience, this is one of the best films of the year by far, at least in my opinion. I would be shocked if it's not talked about throughout award season. Stronger is the very definition of powerful, and although it can be hard to take in at times, I can't recommend checking this film out enough.
RATING: ☆☆☆☆½ out of 5 GRADE: B+ THIS FILM IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.IN BRIEF: A gritty and emotional film that couldn't ask for a stronger performance than the one given by Jake Gyllenhaal.SYNOPSIS: A biography of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. JIM'S REVIEW: The odds against Jeff Bauman surviving the horror of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing were slim and the chances any moviegoer won't be moved to tears and uplifted by this one man's personal tale of survival while experiencing David Gordon Green's Stronger are even less.This heartfelt <more>
film takes on the before and after view of this common man. First seen as a hometown boy before being cast as an hometown hero to the world , Jeff Jake Gyllenhaal was a fun-loving avid Boston Red Sox fan caught in an on-again / off again relationship with his girlfriend, Erin Tatianna Maslany . He lived an ordinary life, one filled with bars, beer, and blue collar stock characters. Then came the terrorist bombing which changed everything.The story itself is predictable and manipulative, yet emotionally gripping. John Pollono's screenplay follows the formula to the T, or should I say from Point A the horrific event to Point B overcoming the obstacles and hardships to its uplifting Point C ending pride and redemption . That said, it all works most effectively, due its honest depiction of a man in crisis. And having that person played by the talented Mr. Gyllenhaal, a fine method actor who immersed himself in this real life role, gives the film the honest integrity and authenticity the film needs which helps to separate the movie from most biographies that wallow in self-pity and inner strength. Watching him struggle to come to terms with his injuries and finally walk with two prosthetic legs is gut-wrenching and Mr. Gyllenhaal shows his character's human flaws and intrinsic hopes with the least amount of melodramatic excess. His performance deserves award recognition.Where the film truly succeeds is in avoiding the clichés of most biopics by making our hero too heroic and unreal. Mr. Gordon's direction is concise and insightful. He never allows Stronger to weaken. His film doesn't flinch from the ugly side of Jeff's rehabilitation, his dysfunctional family, and his sacrifices just to lead a normal life. It wisely covers the issue of instant fame and becoming a pawn for network news, a necessary symbol of courage for a nation, even if our hero wants none of that adoration. The film does end on an inspirational false note, as most film biopics do, in a scene at the ballpark that takes a misstep into gross sentimentality and an unabashed shout-out to patriotism. But the story always remains compelling and the acting is superb.The rest of the cast could easily have played their parts rather routinely and still bring about the emotional clout: suffering girlfriend, loyal friends, worrisome parents, etc. But the actors shy away from the obvious and give their characters some gravitas. Ms. Maslany makes a fine partner as Jeff's supporting girlfriend, showing the pain and frustration beautifully. Carlos Sanz as the man who saved Jeff's life during the bombing, has a quiet and touching scene that is so nuanced and heartbreaking in its subtlety. It shows the collective despair of survivors and their kin. Miranda Richardson, as Jeff's boozy mother, is so memorable in her supporting role that she becomes unrecognizable, creating an indelible character while exposing her human flaws. Her rivalry with Erin brings needed tension to the family dynamics which separates this film from the run-of-the-mill inspirational saga. There are many scenes of undeniable pathos and melancholy, insightful moments in time, especially the parking lot confrontation between the two leads that builds to an emotional zenith.Stronger is a rarity, a powerful film based on a true life story that is true to life. With a strong central performance, fine direction, and a screenplay that works on many emotional levels, this is one of the year's most satisfying dramas. Do not miss it!Visit my blog at: www.dearmoviegoer.comANY COMMENTS: Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's unfair to compare Stronger to Patriots Day, since they are entirely different features, but they will inevitably be pitted against each other in terms of quality. Luckily, both films are fantastic and present two completely different sides of the story, therefore both are worthy of being made. I was certainly moved to tears more than once in Patriots Day, but there's something truly special about Stronger. Quiet but powerful, Stronger keeps its focus on one unbelievable story without forgetting the importance of everyone banning together in Boston following the terrorist attack <more>
at the 2013 marathon.It all starts with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany's chemistry together as Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley, a couple severely impacted by the bombing. Jeff, learning how to walk again after having his legs blown off, became a symbol of hope for the city of Boston, and quite frankly still is. Where Patriots Day focused solely on the bombing and bombers, Stronger keeps its focus on what an event like this can do to an already trying relationship. Their relationship is the heart and soul of the film, and Maslany and Gyllenhaal do a phenomenal job of making their chemistry feel real and grounded with earned emotion. I can't tell you how many times I felt overwhelmed with emotion just watching these actors work through their scenes together.The entire film is grounded with that emotion, though. And several performances are worthy of Oscar nominations. I personally think Gyllenhaal and Maslany should be locks, but Miranda Richardson made a strong case for the supporting category playing Bauman's mother, Patty. These actors were the sole reason that I feel Stronger transcended the typical bio-drama in every sense. I love the quiet sense of dramatic weight that Stronger had. It doesn't show a ton of blood or trauma from the bombing, nor do we get extended close-ups of Gyllenhaal's loss of legs. Instead, director David Gordon Green ops to have his actors give the audience plenty of emotion through their words and facial expressions.Stronger is a remarkably moving experience. It's really a personal romance that transcends into something that makes a whole generation inspired. Watch out for this one, it will be a sleeper pick come Oscar season, hopefully.9.6/10
About the Hero in All of Us (by bkrauser-81-311064)
"Look at this, Boston Strong! You see that Jeff, you're a hero!" "I'm a hero for surviving?" During this exchange Jeff Gyllenhaal , his uncle Clarke and his mother Richardson are driving home after a six week stay at the hospital. Jeff's eyes are looking on, puzzled, sullen, and even a little embarrassed that people standing on a highway walkway have made a sign welcoming him back. He doesn't think himself a hero – at this point he has no idea what to think.Stronger is the true-life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary Boston native who lost his legs in <more>
the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. While recovering from the trauma of the event, Jeff unwittingly becomes a symbol of hope for a city unnerved; a predicament that puts undue strain on Jeff and his relationships with his family and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Erin Maslany .Wrapped around the familiar story-beats of an earnest but incidental feel-good movie is a narrative that most of the time feels like it's anything but. Director David Gordon Green wisely complicates and subverts the expected narrative by looking up at characters and events through Jeff's unique perspective. In one fell swoop Jeff becomes, in his eyes, a trifling good-news segment, a drain on his family and fuel for Erin's guilty conscience. Everyone, including the man who saved his life Sanz labels him a hero. But Jeff is walled up by so many conflicting emotions that trying to confront the actual tragedy is almost insurmountable for him.Thus much of the movie is spent with Jeff adapting to the physical limits of being paraplegic while uncomfortably inhibiting the role of a proud survivor. There's a hard fought lesson by the end. One that makes everything worth a watch but that doesn't make moments of Jeff toiling in the bathroom any less harrowing. In one stressful scene Jeff has what appears to be a panic attack after waving the flag at a Bruins game. Erin stands over him trying desperately to touch and comfort him. He aggressively swats her away.Stronger's heartbreaking moments do take their toll. And while Jeff's chuckle-headed family of Boston brogued misfits provide levity to offset some of the unpleasantness, the film still packs an emotional wallop that I for one was not expecting; at least not to this penetrating depth and rawness.Jake Gyllenhaal; always the underrated actor is master of his domain here. He essentially plays two versions of Jeff – one a likable man-child, the other a fractured soul slowly crawling back from the darkness. Both work so completely and so honestly that when the film dips into the grab-bag of feel-good clichés Gyllenhaal shakes any doubt that we're looking at the real thing.When compared to the opportunistic Patriots Day 2016 , Stronger has infinitely more to say about the strength of everyday people and how that strength can flourish through love and support. The collective intuition of David Gordon Green, Jake Gyllenhaal and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt breathes real pathos into what just might be the best recovery story put to film. This isn't a movie about a hero; this is a movie about the hero in all of us.
Stronger is a brilliant film with strong performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and especially Miranda Richardson. David Gordon Green's choice to use practical lighting and creating a setting that seems real results in an extremely sincere film. John Pollono writes a script that held true to Jeff Blauman's story by focusing more on his struggles and keeping the Boston Marathon tragedy in the background. Also boobs.
A film of pain and struggle to get to redemption with courage and determination. (by blanbrn)
"Stronger" the new biopic film about Jeff Bauman and the 2013 Boston marathon bombing is one tale of courage and dealing with pain and sorrow before coming to terms with life thru determination. The film is set from the beginning and deals with the marathon bombing to the struggle and life changing days of one Jeff Bauman in one of Jake Gyllenhaal's best performances . The city of Boston from the scenes and accents is captured just perfect and the pain and blood wounds seen are felt and seem real like as the hospital stay that involves Jeff and his struggle to get back up with <more>
family and friends is highlighted and showcased with such pain and tough determination. This film proves that one's life can be turned upside down with an unexpected event and can change forever. Still with love, courage, and determination it can make one stronger forever.
Based on a true story one of the victims of the Boston bomb loses both legs and needs massive courage if he can survive and cope with his condition.This is an engrossing tear jerker of a movie.The lead actor steals the show equally with the actress playing his girlfriend.One of the great attributes of first rate film making is that real events can be made into an educational yet entertaining picture and also provide inspiration to all of us: this is such a film!8/10.