Monday, September 03, 2012

Letting Go - A Movie Review

Letting Go is a semi autobiographical journey of self discovery and recovery from life's toughest obstacles. It's a film about love, loss and the human need for a connection in it's most grandiose form of unconditional love.

Joel Slater's life is out of control. He exists in a 3 ring circus comprised of his crazy girlfriend, a boss who acts like he's running a fraternity, a maniacal Hollywood producer, 3 gargantuan dogs, a mother who's run off with an ex-con and the one thing that he doesn't want to look at - the death of his father. On his journey to find peace and some sort of resolution, Joel encounters a quirky dog instructor, a caring therapist and an unconventional pilates instructor who each inadvertently lead Joel closer to his own truth. In the end, Joel learns that his chance for happiness lies in the place least expected and that in order to find liberation, he must learn to do the one thing he cannot do. Let go.

Starring Jake Torem, Shirly Brener, Christopher Knight, Bokeem Woodbine, Peter Scolari, Luca Bercovici, David Foster, Jade Henham, Eliza Roberts, Franklin Ojeda Smith, Greg Baker and Todd Stashwick. Visit for more details.

The 411 by Maria:

One thing I really love about being a movie reviewer is that I get to see movies that wouldn't normally be on my radar. I have watched so many movies over the past three weeks. Recovering from surgery will do that to you.

In Letting Go, we meet Joel played by Jake Torem who lives with his super crazy girlfriend April who although played by Shirley Brener, I can't not see Heather Graham's face.

Joel's life is coming apart. Between, his girlfriend, his three big dogs, his boss, his life, everything is insane and he thoughtfully seeks therapy.  The therapist helps Joel break down the barrier that has been holding him back from being truly happy with his life.

Looking for something different check out Letting Go. I was surprised to see Peter Brady, I mean Christopher Knight and Bosom Buddy Peter Scolari; faces I haven't seen in forever.

The movie and acting, especially by Torem, is very well done and full of little side stories especially Joel's relationship with his parents, especially his father.

Definitely worth a watch.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary DVD for the purpose of this review. 

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