*** (out of four)
A good way to tell when a movie’s been on the shelf for a while: when it’s set in the present and characters go to a theater where “Roll Bounce” and “Flightplan” are playing.
Held since 2005 due to financial woes and legal battles (in that time producer Sydney Pollack and executive producer Anthony Minghella passed away), writer-director
Yet the 149-minute movie, sprawling as it may be, retains a powerful, fickle interest in confronting the randomness, frustration and difficult choices that seep into everyone’s life eventually.
In a role similar but not identical to her turn in “25th Hour,”
“Margaret” provokes thought and discussion, but sloppiness doesn’t unravel the challenging ideas. By that I mean: In a profound, borderline confusing movie about a search for meaning and uniformity of opinion, some unexpected wrinkles, however under-examined, seem forgivable and mildly appropriate.
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