With a lean number of films in her directorial repertoire, Robin Swicord may not be a name with which you are familiar. This said you would sure as heck be au fait with her writing; namely ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ screen story and that Danny DeVito classic ‘Matilda’.
Robin Swicord writes and directs ‘Wakefield’. A curious story of Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), a New York city lawyer who following a nervous breakdown decides to withdraw from his family by hiding in his attic, whilst rationalising his new found reclusive lifestyle choice as not a complete abandonment of his family. – ‘I never left my family, I left myself.’
Wakefield certainly seems to be an inquisitive what if sort of film. I find myself most intrigued to see Jennifer Garner’s performance as Diana, Howard Wakefield’s wife, as she battles with unanswered questions whilst living in hope of her husband’s return.
Opening at the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival last September, reviews and opinions have been varied with many praising Cranston’s excuseless performance and Swicord’s brave directorial decisions, although one cutting piece by The Guardian argues that “two hours with Bryan Cranston in an attic is less fun than it sounds”
As always I am going to reserve judgement until I see it and I urge you to do the same. Not long to wait as ‘Wakefield’ is set to release on 19th May; if you need me I’ll be in the loft until then.
Written by Mark Putley