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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ – Review

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ – Review


In an interesting turn of events director Richard Linklater turns to something quite different from his regular list of credits and adapts the best-selling Where’d You Go, Bernadette for the big screen in a film that takes a very interesting look at a fascinating character in this intimate, family dramedy.

From acclaimed Director Richard Linklater, and based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a hopeful chase through the complicated world of the chic, genius, self-observer Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett).

An inspiring comedy about a loving Mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passion after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette follows the life of Bernadette Fox, an extremely tactile woman who the audience learns was once an extremely creative and boundary pushing architect, but whom now has found herself lost in her life, with little direction and seemingly no purpose. That is until she takes a giant leap and decides to re-write the existence of her life herself.

Taking on the role of Bernadette is the incredibly talented Cate Blanchett, and this role finds the actress at her most quirky and artistic, and she certainly gets up to plenty of hijinks here. While not wanting to give too much away with the actual plot of the film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is essentially the story of a woman who sets out to find herself once again in a modern world that can feel all the more conflicting and stifling and Bernadette’s journey to rediscover herself is filled with plenty of bliss.

Part of the power of Where’d You Go, Bernadette is that this film focuses in on the relationship that is shared between Bernadette and her young daughter Bee, and it’s a very intimate portrait of the love and understanding that mothers and daughters can share together. Newcomer Emma Nelson is a great fit for the role of Bee and she and Blanchett share a great chemistry together that allows audiences to buy into their shared relationship within the film as mother and daughter.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a very interesting choice for Linklater to choose, and he’s able to do something different here as he examines what happens when you confide creativity and how the unexpected is what usually leads to its re-ignition. As a filmmaker, the subject matter of Where’d You Go, Bernadette also allows Linklater to keep his audience guessing, and this film really thrives on the unexpected.

For those wanting something different and looking for a bit of light-hearted comedy-drama then Where’d You Go, Bernadette makes for a fun watch.

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