Coming Attractions,  entertainment,  Film Reviews,  Focus Features

Dark Waters Shines Spotlight on Teflon and Dupont

What would be your worst nightmare?  As a self-proclaimed foodie, mine came true after screening Dark. Waters.  Apparently, there is a chemical agent (PFOA) in teflon pans (C8) that we have all ingested.  How?  Remember all those times, you may have accidentally used a metal cooking tool that scraped the bottom of those pans.  Well, each time they are scraped and you cook with that pan, there is a huge chance you have probably ingested C8.  Alarming, right??!!  Imagine how some residents of West Virginia felt when their livestock began dying due to toxic waste being dumped into their river.

Well, that’s why the world needs more heroic human beings like Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo), a lawyer who wages a David vs Goliath legal war against corporate chemical giant Dupont.  After surprise visit from a couple of West Virginia farmers, one being Wilber Tenant (Bill Camp) begging him to take on their case.  To say this move was a conflict of interest for Bilott would be a gross understatement.

Mark Ruffalo as Bilott  and Anne Hathaway (Sarah Bilott) are literally giving a career best performances.  Ruffalo’s torturous portrayal of a corporate lawyer desperately seeking to ‘do the right thing’ derails his health, his personal life and his career.  Standing by her man, Anne Hathaway (Sarah) does her best to be understanding, but that unwavering faith comes at a price.  Hathaway and Ruffalo, in my opinion, are often underestimated because they make what they do look tremendously easy.  That will all change with Dark Waters, as they are both are tapping into depths we have never seen them go before.

Todd Haynes’ direction is brilliant as he features a palate of mostly muted blue, grey and black to illustrate the dire state of the subject we are dealing with.

Based on a true story, Dark Waters will enlighten every audience member that screens it.  For me, it made me think twice before using another teflon pan or pot again in my life.  Like so many corporations operating on the greed of making billions of dollars, it would be nice if humanity could be at the forefront just once.

Produced by Focus Features and directed by Todd Haynes, Dark Waters is in theatre right now!

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic-Expert, I am an member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association, African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, NPR, Good Day LA, Turner Classic Movies and KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live or on Rotten Tomatoes. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: