Infinitely Polar Bear Review

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 8.46.36 PM   Mark Ruffalo’s other Boston-centric film is one that is getting unfairly dismissed and more people should watch if they enjoyed such films as People, Places, Things or Begin Again, since Infinitely Polar Bear is another sweet film with a big heart and a great performance from a female actress. In what bassically an auto-biographical picture, the director, Maya Forbes paints us a picture of what it is like to have a manic depressive father, and complemented by Ruffalo’s wild performance you really do get that feeling as the film unfolds itself. Let us begin to dissect this film by its actors, by its child actors. Child actors, I know, they’re troublesome, but not these two, these two girls perfectly capture the spirit of being raised by a manic depressive depicted in this film, from the way they talk to the way they dress you notice the confusion these children suffer every day and by adding a light-touch on the subject at hand you even get to have fun with the kids at times, fun with them, and fun with their manic depressive father played by Ruffalo. Ruffalo plays a very eccentric character, a man who tries to suit up and spends the whole day playing with tires, a father who makes crepes and says a lot of crap, I don’t know how the real character acted but if eccentric is what Ruffalo was trying to capture I got it and didn’t love t because it felt a tad over-the-top at times, maybe its just the way Forbes saw her father from a child’s perspective but the though a really good performance, it feels off at times. The standout for me here was Zoe Saldana who plays a black mother trying to provide the best for her daughters, a troubled mother, and a troubled wife who might be losing her mind but thanks her calm and collected attitude we never notice it and she shows off herself a strong woman who knows what she’s doing. Though not much of her is seen throughout the film, it appeared she stole every scene she was in and definitely gives the best performance in this film if it were up to me to decide who gave their best. The film also traverses this line between comedy and drama in an exceptional manner, not letting one overthrow the other and helping each genre strengthen the other as the film is displayed. All in all, Infinitely Polar Bear is under-seen film from last year with great performances, a wonderful soundtrack, and lively spirit, ranking it at a 72 out of 100.

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