The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations that any person can go through. Losing someone with whom one has barely gotten to spend any time in life is even more difficult. It’s just as difficult for those around those that have suffered such a terrible loss. Until or unless someone has suffered this loss, it is nearly impossible to know exactly the emotional and mental pain that it can and does cause. That is the premise behind Anchor Bay Entertainment’s new deeply emotional drama, Morning.
Morning is not an easy movie to watch. But that perhaps was the intent of writer/director Leland Orser (The Bone Collector). Orser, who also stars as Mark opposite Jeanne Tripplehorn’s Alice, has crafted a story unlike any other drama in Morning. It presents two parents that have lost a child. Both are suffering in their own way. What’s interesting about Orser’s script is that he doesn’t just come out and tell viewers that this is the case. It is gradually revealed through a series of scenes that do so much with so little. It would have been so easy for Orser to use all of the standard drama clichés to tell his story. Instead he chose to take the road less travelled. And for that, he is to be applauded. The movie’s first fifteen minutes use barely any dialogue whatsoever. Those formative minutes rely solely on the Orser and Tripplehorn’s emoting to help establish the story’s base. And both actors do their jobs splendidly. It serves to make suspension of disbelief that much easier.
The acting on the part of both Orser and Tripplehorn does so much to drive the movie’s story line. One would be remiss though to ignore the acting of the pair’s supporting cast. Mary’s (Julie White) attempt to be supportive toward Alice in her time of loss is entirely relatable. The story itself is centered on Alice and Mark having lost a child. But being the outsider looking in is just as difficult as being the one that has suffered a loss. It is difficult because the outsider wants to be able to help, but is essentially walking an emotional tightrope, or walking on the proverbial eggshells. Her reaction to Alice’s broken emotional state is exactly what any person would have done in her situation. It really is a wonderful imitation of real life. Yet again, Orser is to be applauded for doing this instead of choosing a more standard, schmaltzy route. It’s one more aspect of Morning that makes this story so wonderful, as painful as it is to watch.
Orser’s script and the acting of both the main and supporting cast do so much for this movie. There is still so much to consider, too. The symbolism used throughout the movie should also be considered. The moment in which the couple’s pool is being drained is one of the most notable moments involving symbolism. Not to spoil the story any. But that single moment plays an enormous role in the story, as simple as it was. Mark building things from legos and pretending to be an indian is also important symbolism. It represents his personal emotional turmoil. He is doing all the things that he wanted so badly to do with his son. It adds so much to the movie’s emotional depth. There is more symbolism included throughout the story. Viewers will find those moments for themselves when they watch this movie.
The symbolism used throughout Morning is just as important to the overall presentation as the acting and the script itself. Bringing things full circle, the way in which Orser separates the movie into acts plays a role in the movie’s success, too. Orser separated Morning into four separate acts. Once more, Orser is deserving of applause. This was a very intelligent move on his part. He showed in doing this that he obviously kept in mind the typical attention span of most audiences today. By splitting up the movie into acts, he ensured that he would keep audiences’ attention from beginning to end. It is the final piece of the puzzle that makes this movie worth at least one watch by any fan of the drama genre. And for anyone that has ever suffered a tragic loss in their own lives, it shows that hope is possible. It is available now on DVD and can be ordered direct from Anchor Bay Entertainment’s website at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/detail.aspx?projectID=8b43318a-a7dd-e211-8257-d4ae527c3b65. More information on this and other releases from Anchor Bay Entertainment is available online at http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com and http://www.facebook.com/AnchorBay. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.