There's always one family member who is the glue of the brood. Without their presence, the family would fall apart. For me that person was Mama Cleo. She always brought the family together during the good, the bad and the ugly. When she passed, the family would become distant and go on with their separate ways as if she were never here. Shot in Jackson, MS, in 22 days, The Hollars centers on a man returning to his hometown after his Mom is diagnosed with a brain tumor and scheduled for surgery. Originally screened earlier this year at the Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals, The Hollars will strike a chord for anyone that has a wacky, dysfunctional entertaining family. I think that pretty much includes anyone reading this review.
Actor John Krasinski, puts on his director and producer hat and ensembles one of the best cast...ever. Mostly known for comedy, the cast includes Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendricks and the irrepressible Margo Martingale are flipping the script and displaying their drama chops. Every last one of them are bringing their A-game!!!
This is one of the best films I've seen in 2016! Although it is little reminiscent of Boyhood in terms of a family theme, it will make you all warm and fuzzy inside and break your heart all at the same time.
Margo Martingale will finally get that Oscar nomination that has eluded her for years. Largely known for her stellar work on hundreds of television shows, Margo is giving the performance of a lifetime. Her crafty recipe of comedy dashed with drama makes her role ring true from moment she appears on-screen.
Richard Jenkins is the best crier I have ever seen! But seriously, Jenkins' arc of being dependent and then having to deal with the possibility of his wife's demise is just speechless. He literally took my breath away.
John Krasinski is the anchor of the film in more ways than one and his scenes with Martindale are heartwarmingly delicious. The heavy comedy lifting was left to Charlie Day and Sharlto Copley. They are simply hi-larious!!!! And who knew that Grammy winner Josh Groban was such natural on the silver screen?
If you have to see one film this year, The Hollars is definitely your best bet. I guarantee you will be hearing more about it come awards season.
The Hollars will be in theatres on Friday, August 26th.