IN AMERICA (2002) – My Rating: 10/10

Oh My God!       **** SOME SPOILERS***
InAmericaI could hardly believe my emotions. This emotional roller coaster of a movie is fantastic. What a pleasant surprise. I must admit when I saw the trailers for this movie, I thought it was going to be another Avalon. Not that Avalon wasn’t really good, but let’s face it, been there, done that. Far from it — it not only engaged my emotions, it taught me a thing or two or three about being stoic and compassionate.

The performances were letter perfect. I found myself trying to find the secret to having such well behaved and darling children. If only they all could be like these two. They got along so well while maintaining their status as children. They displayed a wealth of knowledge with hearts as big as gold. They gave me all warm fuzzes.

Djimon Hounsou was fantastic as a dying man who wanted to be angry but managed to channel his frustrations through this extraordinary family in a very good way. They all brought something to the table. Gifts were plentiful, shown in a most tender, loving way. Jim Sheridan really went the distance in his direction of “In America” and I really enjoyed it.

I don’t know why this movie was not widely released because it should have gotten a best movie nod. If you compare some past winners of best movies, “In America” shines. See this fine piece of art any way you can — it’s worth your time.

I’m happy Djimon picked up the Best Supporting Actor nomination and Samantha Morton, the Best Actress nomination for this movie.

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