While I was crossing 8th Avenue in New York City to catch a cab, I reached over to grab the hand of my friend and electricity shot through my body. I realized in that brief moment a connection had instantly established itself and would prove to be unparalleled by anyone else I would meet in my lifetime. It was a magical moment I had never experienced before or since. I guess some would call it chemistry and I knew that I had just met my soulmate.
In Labor Day, that is exactly what happens to Adele, (Kate Winslett) when she unexpectedly meets Frank (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of Labor Day weekend while clothes shopping for her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). That fateful meeting changes the trajectory of everyone involved and their existence in the world as they know it becomes forever painted in a myriad of colors never imagined.
Along the way, we discover why Adele is so troubled, why her marriage fell apart and why she depends so tremendously on her son Henry to get her from one moment to the next. In the end, as The Beatles song so eloquently and simply states…”All We Need Is Love”.
As much as I love both Kate Winslett and Josh Brolin, I felt like I had seen these characters from them in other films and was more moved by the story illustrated n this film. However, young Gattlin Griffith, proves to be someone we need to seriously keep our eyes peeled for. The passion and genuine emotion conveyed as Henry warms your heart.
Jason Reitman’s directing is quite impressive and I look forward to working with him myself someday as an actress.
Labor Day will tug at your heartstrings and is a great film for couples to check out on Valentine’s Day.