Almost every movie grabs your attention. Few rare gems manage to trap you inside the universe of the movie for an indefinite amount of time. Detachment (2011) is one of those movies. Its dangerously precise elaboration of societal issues, shockingly amazing progression and mature acting with the support of continuous background music create so attractive a scene that you just don’t wanna look away from the screen.
Detachment revolves around the life of a substitute teacher Henry Barthes (Adrian Broady) who is detached from the world due to the trauma he experienced when he was a child. He teacher as a sub in a local New York school where everything is declining. He meets people like him, who are also struggling with their lives. And explains his learned lessons throughout the movie as a narrator.
Coming to general opinion about the movie, I absolutely adored the whole movie. It was beautifully shot and acted out with excellence. The intensity levels kept changing throughout the film which alleviated the curiosity. Actually, Tony Kaye managed to build up the curiosity very elegantly. Beneath the beautiful shooting and impressive acting, the story and the plot progression was also very appealing. The best thing about Detachment was the way the director approached the problems and the issues raised in the film. Main focus was supposed to be the education system in the US, but personally I think the movie also projected the failure of human beings as a species in taking care of our next generation. And the film uses daily life examples to prove the point. It also explains the tragic realities of family life; how it is completely dull and full of compromises. And these issues were all a bitter reality.
The music, the piano that continued throughout the film was one of the most noticeable positive things about Detachment. Coherent, relevant and atmospheric music indeed added to the overall presentation of the film. The character of Adrain Broady was excellently performed by him. His bright side, his anger management issues, his loneliness were all perfectly portrayed. The only negative thing I could spot was a little exaggeration of the flawed education system and a lack of solidness in the main story. Other than that, it’s a must watch for anyone who enjoys a decent drama with meaningful dialogues. 8/10. And very very underrated.
Oh and somewhat beautiful ending.