Saturday, May 02, 2015

(Spoilers) Sunshine Cleaning Review

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***

I was inadvertently on an Amy Adams movie binge when I saw this -- saw American Hustle, Enchanted, Night at the Museum 2, Leap Year, and this thing recently.

Two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) start a crime scene cleanup business together. Set in America, modern day. Drama?

Good or Bad?
I wanted to watch this for a long time but never bothered to rent it, then one day it showed up on television. It took a while though: years after they normally end up on TV after premiering in theatres. Sunshine Cleaning was about two relatively young sisters who started a crime scene cleanup business together. The catch was that both sisters hadn't really found or figured out where they wanted to be in life. Having to deal with the aftermath of violent and traumatic events ended up being quite an experience for them.

What I knew about this movie was from trailers in the theatre years ago. It didn't turn out the way I thought it would be -- not that it was bad. My initial, pre-view impression was that Sunshine Cleaning would be a lot lighter, bordering on a comedy, and a lot higher budget looking. It had two major stars, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, in starring roles. How could it not be a huge blockbuster type production? I didn't check the budget, but this appeared to be an independent type film. Both actresses probably weren't as far along in their careers then.

It turned out that the movie seemed to be a lot more about dealing with personal issues and life. Not quite the movie about two young women thrown into the business of cleaning up crime scenes that I envisioned. Amy Adams' character was a single mother and the other woman in a marriage. Emily Blunt's character was still mourning the loss of her mother -- their mother, actually -- who died when they were still kids.

Both lead actresses and the supporting cast performed well in their roles as far as I was concerned. The one who stood out was Emily Blunt who used an American accent in this movie. She seemed to have the job of playing someone who was stricken by grief and a lot more affected by the work. Amy Adams did a good job and remained as charming as in every other role I've seen her play. It was nice to see Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24 and other shows in a supporting role too.

The only complaint I had was that I wanted Sunshine Cleaning to be longer. I would have liked to have seen them in their business a bit longer. There wasn't a feeling of things being left unresolved, just that having everything more fleshed out would have been nice. Other than that, it was pretty good.

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