Middle of Nowhere (2012) Ava DuVernay
Today in 2012 we have so much choice on how to entertain ourselves. We can turn to the TV, or the computer, or the console, or the tablet, or the smartphone, or the handheld. We have Netflix, HBO, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, and more (oh yea, cable). Sometimes we choose to watch things that are challenging, informative, ground-breaking. But there are probably more times that we turn to things that are easier, more convenient, more comfortable.
Sometimes we choose the movie theatre. It’s hard to justify going to the theatre to see this type of movie - there aren’t any special effects, there aren’t any breathtaking vistas, it’s just a small quiet story about love and family and devotion and sacrifice.
But I think this film makes a compelling case for viewing in the theatre. I think it’s the perfect independent film in many ways - being independent from the Hollywood system that excludes so many stories and voices.
Ava DuVernay tells a really beautiful story about a woman who is trying her best to be what the people in her life need her to be (did you know that you can have a “strong female character” who doesn’t have to be an action hero???). The acting is incredible, with everyone turning in really exciting performances.
I know that it seems like it doesn’t really make a difference, but I’m glad I saw this in the theatre and supported this film. I hope you give it a chance too, if you can.