Monday, August 12, 2019

Where'd You go, Bernadette - 2 stars - Opens August 16, 2019

I hear the book "Where'd You go, Bernadette" is terrific.  Cate Blanchett throws everything at her role as a brilliant architect whose creativity is stifled.  She creates a hard to take character who becomes hard to watch.  2 Stars.  PG-13 
"Where'd You Go Bernadette" shows a brilliant woman in crisis.  Is she manic or depressive or stifled?  Cate Blanchett plays Bernadette over the top, a frustrated genius forced to deal with PTA and 8th grade school assignments, and nosey neighbor/mean girl Kristen Wiig.  Billy Crudip fills the role of exhausted but patient husband.  Newcomer Emma Nelson makes a believable daughter who bonds and understands a difficult mother. "Where'd You go Bernadette" takes too long, and depends too much on an audience's kindness.  I have a feeling this is a great story better read than watched.