Monday, December 4, 2023

May/December - 3 1/2 Stars - November 17, 2023 - NETFLIX

Director Todd Haynes specializes in slightly disturbing off kilter female centric tales. He's produced a doozie in May/December.  Based on the tabloid story of a woman in her thirties who falls for and has sex with a 13-year-old boy, May/December poses this what if:  what if the couple gets married when the older woman gets out of jail, has more children, and settles down to a placid suburban life.  Twenty years pass, and their children prepare to leave the nest.  Julianne Moore plays Gracie, married to Joe played by Charles Melton.  As the couple prepare for the empty nest, actress Elizabeth Berry arrives to shadow the family an upcoming movie.  The triangle heats with anxiety and tension, as Elizabeth channels Gracie, and Joe begins to question the relationship.  May/December feels like a car crash. It dares you to look away.  The conclusion feels eerie, weird, and creepy---in the best sense of the word.