What Maisie Knew Movie Reviews
User reviews on What Maisie Knew
I never read the Henry James novel that this movie is based upon but I have to say that anyone who has ever had a kid or is thinking of having a kid should see this. The way the parents behave is just appalling! I was agog with disbelief at how the former rock star mother played by Julianne Moore just parties her way through motherhood, totally oblivious to what her daughter is forced to endure with all the causal drugs, alcohol, and sex around her. The father is hardly any better, being obsessed with his work and caring just about making his bank balance bigger. The actors are all solid in this, especially the young girl playing Maisie. I think lots of people will want to see this with their families though it is kind of a downer. I also like that the movie was handled with sensitivity though half the time you do want to reach through the screen and slap some sense in to those parents!
This movie is really well-made and well-acted and I think a lot of people will be talking about it this year ... bu I find myself only able to rate it three stars because it cuts so close to bone. If you're the child of a family that has gone through divorce - as am I - you will definitely be able to relate to everything little Maisie goes through, especially the sad and uncomfortable parts that just go straight to the heart like a dagger. The little girl who plays Maisie is an exceptional actress and I'm sure she's a lot older than she looks (at least I think so) because I don't know how else she could possibly give such a brave and daring performance. Kudos also to the adult actors in the film who play their parts with reality - none of the characters are thoroughly likable or unlikable, just like people are in real life. You should definitely see the movie but warn anyone who might be sensitive to the subject matter.
One of the best movies I’ve ever seen on the subject of divorce and its effects on children, What Maisie Knew is reimagining of the classic Henry James novel which takes the tale and moves it into the modern era where everything that was wrong with marriages of yore remains the same in the 21st century.
The film is told primarily through the perspective of the young girl at the center of the custody battle, Maisie (played by a truly astonishing young actress named Onata Aprile). Maisie is loved by her parents (Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore) but they remain, despite this very obvious love, lousy parents. They are both so juvenile and self-involved at times that you can’t help but think that they need to be parented – while in therapy and generally medicated.
Maisie’s parents both pursue relationships with much younger lovers after their divorce – and while the new step-pesudo-parents may be kindly enough, they aren’t able to understand how Maisie needs to be healed from the trauma of her parents’ break up before she can begin to form other viable relationships. This is, essentially, what the story is about: the breakdown of a young girl’s hope for what could be. Always engaging, and often times devastating, this is movie that virtually everyone can relate to and is likely to become a cult classic.