Wakefield Review

Wakefield Review Darryl Linington
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Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) has his life set… He is a New York City lawyer who seems to be living the American dream with his wife Diana (Jennifer Garner) and two daughters. Outwardly, Howard is the picture of success; however, inwardly, though, he’s suffocating.

After walking home from the train station, after a power failure had turned his commute into a nightmare, Howard arrives home to see his wife and daughters going about their evening routine. Before entering the house, Howard is startled by a racoon – which scurries up to the garage attic – Howard follows the racoon up to the attic and eventually chases it away… It’s at this point where Howard notices that he can watch his family go about their routine without him being noticed.

At this point, Howard decides to put his life on hold and escape from the real world by living in his garage attic, undetected. Leaving his family to wonder what happened to him, Howard observes them from the attic window – an outsider spying in on his own life. While acting as an outsider, Howard believes he has not left his family as he is still present on the property.

During the first few days, Howard comes out in the daytime, when his family is gone, to shower and eat; however, as time passes, he realises that to truly escape he needs to disown the comforts of life and survive on his own. Howard begins to scavenge from dustbins and bath in the lake in order to truly embrace his escape from the life that he once knew. It’s at this point where Howard begins to wonder if it is even possible to return to normal life.

While Wakefield has a great storyline, Howard’s disappearance is only the surface of the plot. Below the surface, the film, which is narrated by Bryan Cranston, explores the difficulties some marriages face as well as how deceitful one can be when trying to court a potential partner. It also explores how isolation and jealousy can bring even the strongest marriage and family ties to their knees.

Overall, Wakefield is a great film. Not only is it intriguing, but its plot is also fairly unpredictable as you get to the point where you don’t entirely know what Howard is going to do next. Often, he speaks of leaving it all behind by completely abandoning his family, but at other times he seems as though he is craving to return to them in order to see how they would react… It’s actually quite brilliant and is definitely a film that should be on anyone’s watch list.

Although Wakefield is essentially a one-man show, it’s a great film none-the-less. Bryan Cranston not only narrates this film brilliantly, but he also plays out his role to perfection. While the supporting cast barely has any spoken lines throughout the film, their portrayal of emotion is absolutely brilliant. Overall, Wakefield is a must watch.

By: Darryl Linington
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