Girl, Interrupted ★★½

Film #22/30 for May Scavenger Hunt #50!

From the opening monologue, the film warned us how this isn’t going to be the greatest script ever.

”Maybe I was just crazy.
Maybe it was the 60’s.
Or maybe I was just a Girl...(Looks into the camera)...Interrupted.

The only thing that’s missing in this monologue is David Caruso taking off his glasses while music from the opening of CSI: Miami is playing.

As I said, the screenplay isn’t spectacular. It’s the weakest part of the film. The film overdramatizes itself, especially Winona Ryder’s character. The screenplay overplays everything that’s connected to her. The whole situation she was in, felt like a melodrama. The film had a need to make us believe that’s a serious situation she was in. It tried to do that so hard, that it achieved a contra effect. Instead of making us feel for her, it made a caricature out of her character and her situation as well. Furthermore, I would like to mention the editing. They made some weird choices for it. In the first act, the film kept crosscutting between scenes from the present, imagination, and the past. It felt like the film was interrupting itself.
The brightest spot of the film has to be the acting. The whole cast is great, but standouts are Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Jolie stole every scene she was in, and her Oscar was well deserved.

The best logline for this film would be: what if One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a melodrama. If that’s appealing to you, then you should check this film out.

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