sideways.jpgPaul Giamatti
Thomas Haden Church
Virginia Madsen
Sandra Oh

R           123min           2004

“Sideways” is two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

For me it was interesting in seeing a world that I have never participated in and probable never will. “Sideways” always so had great characterization and arcs. One hand you see a train wreck take steps to correct itself and a man scared to grow up and the destruction that it causes.

The subtle and greatness of this film may only be found with hardcore movie watchers. That’s not to say its an easy watch, this is a true independent film with big name stars. The acting is superb. Filmed in the authentic wine country the background scenery is just beautiful.

The characters in this film are all flawed by in their flaws you find that you can forgive some of the despicable things that they don’t. The four main characters are like college kids on a middle-aged spring break. Even though their lives aren’t assessable to most, you care and root for these character. Having that third person perspective you see things that are coming but your still interested in the journey and surprised by the outcome that you didn’t see coming.

“Sideways” display some great acting from Paul Giamatii, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sarah Oh. Giamatti displays his character mental frailty that makes you care for him and the plight that he is facing. Thomas Haden Church plays smarmy better than anyone else, it so convincing that the first time you see him you know your going to want to slap him. Madsen and Oh play total polar opposites. Madsen is a woman weary of love and Oh goes out and tries to find love in every relationship, to the point of being unhealthy for her family.

The casual view may not be interested this film, but if you are a fan of any of the four actors then this is a film for you. “Sideways” showcases the top of their acting abilities, beautiful scenes of California wine country.

I give it 3/5 Gs.


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