Film Review: “Cake” (2014)


Pain is one of those feelings that is hard to fake. Especially,for the actor who has to deliver a performance where the hero is in pain the entire time. It requires a certain skill and an understanding of the terrible condition that makes that person suffer 24/7. And when the pain is compounded with other strong feelings such as depression, and a broken heart, due to the loss of a son, the person suffers even more. And, maybe because of, or in spite of these terrible things, you will want to watch, or not watch, this film.

Claire has many issues to deal with. One is the death of her little son, the second is the pain that she has to struggle with on a daily basis after an accident, and the third is the ghost of her friend, Nina (Anna Kendrick), who keeps returning to remind Claire (Jennifer Aniston) just how miserable her life is, and that maybe one day, she must consider sharing her fate by jumping off a bridge.

Cake is one of those films I can talk about all day long and never tired of. Most of all because the subject matter is something I’ve always been interested in, and also, because of the way it was translated onto the big screen.  I would not feel this strongly, if not for the incredibly strong performance delivered by, not someone like Meryl Streep, who you would always expect to be great, or Jodie Foster, who is as equally great as Meryl Streep, but believe it or not, the great performance I’ve been talking about is delivered by Jennifer Aniston, who I almost gave up on after seeing Horrible Bosses.

Cake, seemingly, is a simple story, but once the film begins you understand that nothing is as simple as you might have thought, and this is what makes Cake unlike many other films. It throws you right to center of the story, where it slowly, but pointedly, brings you where you are supposed to be. The plot develops quickly, while the characters of the film become bigger and bigger to the veiwer, where we can’t help but support them the entire time. It is directed, flawlessly, by Daniel Barnz, and with great confidence; while the dialogues are sometimes intentionally funny, they don’t seem to be.  Jennifer Aniston delivers her best performance ever, proving to skeptical people like me that she is capable of delivering a jaw dropping performance.

In conclusion, Cake is about how to fight your demons, the skeletons hidden in your closet, and the fears that might bring a desperate person to a bridge, where he may be left with no choice but to jump. While at the same time teaches us that no matter how painful life can be, full of disappointment and suffering, we can still find something to live for, fight for, or even love for. This is why it makes Cake absolutely must watch film.

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