Favorite part ko nung sinabihan si Effie (Jennifer Hudson) ni Curtis (Jamie Foxx) na wala siyang star quality unlike Deena (Beyonce, as a second-rate singer nyahahaha!) tapos ang tanong niya: “Am I not enough? May kulang ba sa akin? May mali ba sa akin? Pangit ba ako? Pangit ba ang katawan ko? Kapalit-palit ba ako?”
Pero halimaw talaga si J.Hud kapag kumakanta, no? Parang nagiging ibang tao na makakalimutan mo na natalo niya for acting sina Adriana Barraza for Babel at Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal sa Oscars that year. Yung mapapaniwala ka talaga sa sumpa niya na, “You’re gonna love me”.
Grabe din ang choreography ng mga musical numbers dito, lalo na yung mga swaying arm movements at dramatic poses. Papasok ka na straight sa sinehan tapos after ng Move, Dreamgirls Theme, at One Night Only, lalabas ka na ready sumalang sa RuPaul’s Drag Race.
My notes on Cake:
1. Halle Berry did it for Monster’s Ball. Charlize Theron did the same for Monster. Both actresses went on to win Oscars. I guess the no make-up, de-glamorized (literally scars and all) look to win an Academy Award has its limits. Jennifer Aniston was really good here but I still preferred her performance in The Good Girl.
2. Maybe the lack of emotional depth of this movie hurt Aniston’s chances of a nomination. With its heavy themes of suicide, drug addiction, and depression, it should be hitting you right in the gut but it just failed to connect. Although still worth watching, I wasn’t moved by the major dramatic moments (and everyone knows I cry in everything).
3. I felt more sympathy for Silvana, played by the exquisite Adriana Barazza. Why isn’t this woman in more movies especially after her brilliant work in Babel? And why do her characters always have problems crossing the Mexico-US border?
4. Felicity Huffman, Anna Kendrick, Mamie Gummer, Chris Messina, William H. Macy… why are my favorite character actors all here?
5. I completely understand Claire’s addiction on prescription medicines. I just can’t live without using my inhaler every five minutes. I can only imagine how tougher it would be if someone had chronic pain and dependent on Percocet and OxyContin.
6. That scene where the Mexican pharmacist tried to store the pills inside a Mama Mary statue was funny scary. He ended up using a statue of St. Jude which didn’t make it any less sinful.
7. The nurse that took care of Claire was named Malaya. She was mistaken as Imelda and ended up referencing that she did love shoes. #PinoyFried right there.
8. Isn’t Claire Bennett also the name of Hayden Panettiere’s cheerleader in Heroes? Save herself, save the world.
(Originally published April 6, 2015.)