I don’t watch romance movies often. In fact, I can count on one hand all of the romance movies I have ever watched. But this is one that easily stands out among all genres of movies for its complex yet incredibly creative and thoughtful tale of love and all of love’s trials and tribulations.
To be honest, it’s a rather cynical love story. Kate Winslet plays the role of a lonely single mother named Adele whose husband has had an affair with his secretary and left her to fend for herself off of child support. Josh Brolin plays newly-escaped convict, Frank, who takes Adele and her son, Henry, hostage.
What was supposed to be a simple pit stop for Frank before he moved on to his next destination ended up turning into the wildest Labor Day weekend story you’ve ever seen as both he and Adele gradually began to fall in love with each other.
Labor Day, at its core, is a story about simply that; love. It tells the faults of love. The beauty of love. The passion of love. The emotional rollercoaster of love. The drastic mistakes caused by love. And the desire for love.
The son, Henry, wants a father to love so he sees Frank as a somewhat surrogate daddy. Adele is about as lonely a woman can get so just the idea of someone loving her for who she is takes for a smitten spin. And Frank, like Adele, is also just wanting to have a woman who loves him and only him.
The Conclusion of the Film
Honestly, it’s a sad story if you really think about it but it’s a gorgeously told movie that’ll keep you riveted from beginning to end. If you’re not a fan of heavy dialogue then this movie isn’t the type of film you would want to watch. It’s not action-based and the story doesn’t unfold quickly. It takes its own time to deliver all of the sucker punches but once things fall into place it’s easily one of the most fascinating conclusions to any movie that I have ever seen.
What keeps this movie from being boring, however, are the actors’ incredible portrayal of these characters and this story. Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, and Gattlin Griffith make this movie come to life in ways that’s sometimes utterly breathtaking to observe. (And Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet should’ve at least gotten nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for this film because they acted their behinds off.)
I’m giving this film 100 out of a 100 and 5 out of 5 stars. Yeah, it’s a perfect movie from beginning to end. There’s not a single flaw to this film. Everything makes sense. Everything is set up right. And the end made me cry so hard I had a headache all day so have a handkerchief ready because it will undoubtedly release the waterworks.
Like I always say, I’m a sappy person whose a sucker for love stories so this is just my opinion on the movie. But if you’re one who loves a good romance film as well definitely check this one out. It’s totally worth the watch.
I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a lovely day.