Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning

Honestly, Sunshine Cleaning is quite a cute film to watch not just because one of the most beautiful actresses in the world, Amy Adams, stars in it. In fact, it's wonderful to see that Amy Adams and Emily Blunt lead the cast with a detectable enthusiasm. However, one might feel that Sunshine Cleaning's script is missing something.


Rose (Amy Adams) and Nora (Emily Blunt) are two sisters from Albuquerque who work in a dead-end job. While Rose wants to quit her job of maid and Nora got fired from her job in a restaurant, they both end up creating a business of their own (the company's name will be Sunshine Cleaning). Of course, the latter consists in cleaning up crime scenes. With the money that she'll make, Rose hopes to be able to send her son Oscar to a private school.

Obviously, Sunshine Cleaning can be appreciated on the first look. In fact, in my own experience as a movie viewer, I thought that the film offered something different when it comes to the script's configuration. Like a TV series, the film tries hard to make us be interested in each of the three leading characters (who are all related to each other): Rose, Nora and their father (Alan Arkin). With a background topic like optimism, the film captures these characters' attempt to improve their condition and even their obligation to face their own personal problems.

However, Sunshine Cleaning is just a film that makes us wish we could have seen more. With the time it takes to jump from one leading character's perspective to another, Sunshine Cleaning is too short. As a result of that, one might get the feeling that the sub-plots revolving around Rose are not as developed as they could have been. For instance, the film doesn't bother to tell us where does the character of Winston (Clifton Collins Jr.), the manager of the store where Rose and Nora buy their cleaning equipment, fit in the story. After all, the film suggests that there might be a budding friendship or an affective relation between Rose and Winston.

All in all, despite a few plot holes and a slow pace, Sunshine Cleaning is a cute and enjoyable film about the importance to keep hope even if our life seems miserable. Besides, some may say that Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are wasting their time in this film. However, their talent and their charisma make up for their small margin of manoeuvre granted to them by the anorexic storyline.

Rating: 3/5



Origin:USA (2009)
Length:91 minutes
Genre:Comedy/Drama
Screenplay:Megan Holley
Director:Christine Jeffs
Starring:Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin


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