Patrick Tobin's laser-sharp script provides a profound template for complex performances by Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, and Felicity Huffman.Sam Worthington crackles with intensity in this perceptive and refreshingly unapologetic film about rage, pain and loss.Our culture asks us to forgive. Sociopaths want us to forgive and forget. "Cake" explores the difficulty of navigating the real and brutal emotions we face when a tragedy crashes in to our lives.Though the name indicates a buttery, sweet confection, this "Cake" is a rich and savory course, <more>
best enjoyed with a hearty Cabernet and a couple of Vicodin.
There are times when you feel alone in this vast universe.Times when No one seems to understand you,no one seems to care. When a tragedy happens,you become another person, your life changes for the better and worse. When you feel that loneliness ,that stupidity of life and how meaningless it is. How fragile it could be. how easy it is to lose a beloved one.some one you cared for so much and no one cares. After a while you look around,seeing people doing their chores,laughing,crying,... living the life that you once had.the carefree life that you wish you could go back to but it's <more>
impossible. A tragedy will change you and if you are that strong to move on with life,that strong to overcome the urge of suicide, it will make another person out of the broken you. A tragedy will give you a new prospective. it will open your eyes to the simple beauties in life,even if that's a simple wish. A cake.
Aniston did an excellent portrayal of a woman in big, chronic pain. Both emotional and physical, and when the meds were and weren't working. She should win awards for her acting. I hope others who see the film, think of the people in their lives that have chronic pain, and understand even just a bit of what they are going thru. The scenes where she can barely breathe because of the pain are bang on, or when in bed and can hardly move due to the pain. Even the sounds she makes "when in pain" are exactly right. The way she turns without moving her head and the way she stands up <more>
are perfect. The weariness of dealing with the pain is so real looking.
So... a pretty, funny, former sitcom actress... gives us a few signs that she might be capable of playing roles outside of the 'amusing chick' rom-com regular. She does parts that secure her reputation of being a talented American 'cutie', she plays 'off-beat' characters with ease... and only occasionally lets the 'pay-day' Hollywood 'starlet' see the light of day. Then she does this. A film that explores suicide, mental illness, self-loathing and the morality of friendship.At the age of 60, I have gotten used to the annual round of 'Oscar <more>
Worthy' films being shoved down our throats... but this is different. Fine writing, authentic story telling... and unnecessarily great acting. Any 'Oscar' hungry actor could have made a decent job of this... but Ms Aniston makes a brilliant job of it. She is no 'pretty-girl' actor here... she displays vulnerability, courageous wit... and does it all with aplomb.If she doesn't get 'Best Actress'... the 'Oscars' are irrelevant.
Jennifer Anniston nails it (by laskinner-124-924636)
I am not a Jennifer Anniston fan although I have enjoyed the odd thing she has done over the years but she truly is gifted in this portrayal. The movie hinges on this character so if it was not done with great integrity and clarity and humor --it would not work. Ms. Anniston actually looks like a person and not terribly attractive at that --not a movie star in any way. Which is crucial to entering into this story. The supporting characters particularly her "maid" who is absolutely wonderful and integral to the story are mostly well drawn. It is not a movie that to entertain in the <more>
light vein needless to say but it is well worth watching for this compelling story of a woman in many kinds of pain and how she begins to overcome that overwhelming pain.
I'm not a big Jennifer Aniston fan. Never watched Friends. Seen a few of her comedic films and she did pretty good but CAKE is, in my opinion, her best ever! Raw, believable, a little sad, a little funny, and you definitely fall in love with and feel for Silvana! Not overdone, but kind of wish we were told exactly what happened but enough was disclosed that not knowing the heart wrenching details didn't detract. Although I LOVE Roy played by Sam Worthington, his acceptance of Claire is a little strange, especially in this day and age, but heck when the right one comes along. Was so <more>
into the story I agonized over having to pause it for a potty break LOL.
More than an Aniston Oscar vehicle (by Emma_Stewart)
It's not hard to guess why critics and audiences might be turned off by Cake. For the first half, Jennifer Aniston's Claire is snarky with a comeback for everything, manipulates and abuses everyone around her, and indulges in a constant, expensive pity party, and we aren't told why. Once the meat of the story reveals itself, however, Cake is astonishingly clever, delicate, and emotional.Claire Bennett is the apparent victim of an unexplained accident that left her with chronic pain, a bad attitude, and a trail of broken relationships. After a woman in her pain support group <more>
commits suicide, Claire tracks down the woman's husband in a curiously misguided search for answers. It's not the most unique premise, but screenwriter Patrick Tobin takes the story in unexpected directions, avoiding clichés and handling the subject matter with surprising grace. Director Daniel Barnz could have used some more time in the editing room -- certain side characters and subplots get either more or less time and background than they deserve; why Anna Kendrick's character made it past a rough cut is beyond me -- but in his hands a wordy screenplay becomes visually interesting, moves along at a comfortable pace and is backed by a reflective, unobtrusive score. His direction, and so the movie, really won me over at the climax, where after an hour and a half of sarcasm and one-liners Claire shuts up for once and finally lets the pain in. It's a beautiful, heartrending scene, and the decision to rest Cake on Jennifer Aniston's shoulders was absolutely the right one.I never thought much of Adriana Barraza in Babel and have only seen her in a couple of other movies but she adds so many personal touches to the role of Claire's maid/cook/home health aide/best friend, she has a real talent for empathy and nuance. Jennifer Aniston, though, is the standout. She clearly reveled in the chance to break away from Rachel and she aced it. There's a tiny moment where Sam Worthington's character tells her she's messed up, and she plays the reaction shot so completely differently from anything she's done in the past - that's when I really started believing her in the role and she only got better from there. She nails her character's dry sense of humor and selfishness, and knows exactly how much charm to give her to make her watchable if not likable. It's a seriously committed, seamless, career-defining performance and she'd be my pick for this year's Oscar.Verdict: watch it for Jennifer Aniston, walk away pleasantly surprised.
I've seen most of the top-contending movies of 2014 and this one has resonated more deeply with me than anything else.Probably because of the very recent injury without emotional scarring I've experienced where it hurt to move and even lay down, I could almost feel the physical pain of Aniston's character.Jennifer Aniston has done a superb job in this movie. I can still remember how it felt to be in pain, so every gesture, every move, every breath she took were right on. Either she was in real pain while filming or she's a great actress. The narrative while straight-forward <more>
and leaves little to imagination/guessing is emotionally involving more so than most of the other movies of 2014 , making the movie a great watch.
A surprisingly good film - and an excellent Aniston (by Bel-Esana)
An excellent film with an intriguing plot, delivered with a refreshingly down-to-earth storytelling. The buzz about Jennifer Aniston is actually true -- it takes very little time for Aniston to disappear on the screen and after 15 years of daily Rachel, that in itself is a big achievement . It is someone new we are introduced to in the film, and well... I followed Claire with a mix of annoyance, empathy and curiosity, totally absorbed.The central story is very good and the big answers are withheld from us in such way that you keep trying and paying attention not to miss anything, because in <more>
this film, there is much beauty in the detail. Much to Aniston's credit, it's her performance that grabs you, and the subtlety in how the story is revealed makes our understanding of what's happening to this broken body and soul both moving and endearing. There is humour as well, dark and quick, and it does not let you soak on it for too long. Just as life.There are some minor "deviations" in the story which don't really add much to the realism of everything else, and it somewhat pulls you back from the emotional depth you had been immersed until then - but those are brief moments. Small budget, great script, great direction and a solid, moving performance by Aniston which led me to tears . The remaining cast deserves praise as well, and all comes together really nicel. But it should be said, Aniston has done a brilliant job on this one. She has talent. I would hope Hollywood-land is paying attention and allow us to enjoy more of her in more of these.