Movie Review: Bryan Cranston In Wakefield

It's one thing to fantasize about putting your life on hold and something else entirely to do it.

In "Wakefield," Bryan Cranston plays a wealthy, suburban family man and lawyer who goes there after a chance encounter — with a raccoon.

Sounds weird, but it makes sense in this thoughtful and perceptive film based on a short story by the late, great “Ragtime” author E.L. Doctorow.

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In "Wakefield," based on the short story by the late, great E.L. Doctorow, Bryan Cranston takes on the role of a wealthy, suburban husband and father who's just sick of the monotony of it all.

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After that close encounter with the critter, Wakefield stumbles into the attic of his home's detached garage. He discovers that he has the perfect vantage point to become a voyeur, of sorts, over his wife, Diana (Jennifer Garner), and their twin, teenage girls. And there he stays.

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Wakefield's thoughts become a running monologue about relationships, career, materialism and the social structure of the world. Flashbacksr eveal Wakefield and Diana’s twisted courtship and dysfunctional marriage and give Garner screentime to shine.

Through flashbacks, the audience learns about the twisted and sad existence that he and Diana now share after an equally twisted courtship where Garner shines has his partner in dysfunction.

Through flashbacks, the audience learns about the twisted and sad existence that he and Diana now share after an equally twisted courtship where Garner shines has his partner in dysfunction.

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Otherwise, it’s all about Cranston. The “Breaking Bad” Emmy winner carries the film through voiceovers of the inner workings of his mind and his conversations with himself.

But, over the course of nearly a year in which Wakefield keeps a watchful eye — and a far distance from grooming products — the man is anything but crazy.

One of the reasons why the film works so well is because it imagines a path anyone who’s thought about escaping their lives — and hasn’t — could take.

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Wakefield is selfish and cunning, competitive and controlling. He’s also unmistakably human and, surprisingly, totally relatable whether you'll admit it or not.

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