Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Horror Movie Coolie! - Vera Farmiga in Orphan

I. Fucking. Love. Orphan (2009). I don't think there's any real discernable quality to it that makes me love it so much. It's really trashy. It's over the top. But it's well done. Yes, it has cliches. But they are entertaining cliches. It has a surprisingly strong cast and Vera Farmiga. She's awesomesauce in this. And with all these elements it makes for a strong movie that's really watchable. I've seen it a few times and dayum, it's fun.
 Farmiga plays Kate and mother to two and wife to John (Peter Sarsgaard) who are over-coming the death of their third child who was stillborn and Kate's alcoholism. Rough, right? Kate and John decide to adopt and adopt an older child names Esther from Eastern Europe. But there's something wrong with Esther.
It's starts small and Esther is smart so the fact it takes Kate so long to catch on is understandable.

But when Kate looses it, man does she loose it. Like, has to be committed looses it.
Farmiga really holds this together. She never looks like she feels like she slumming it. And she plays Kate with layers and weaknesses... y'know... what actors should do.

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