Monday, June 13, 2011
The Company Men
The Company Men, is one example that serves this category well. Ripped from the headlines, this film is one that practically everyone can relate to. With the current economic downturn, millions have lost their jobs. Who hasn’t been affected at least on some level? Somehow I believe even future audiences will have no problem finding The Company Men just as relevant.
This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received substantial critical acclaim. The Company Men features an all-star cast including Ben Afflack, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones. Some might suggest this film does not contain a strong faith message, but I disagree. Faith is essential in surviving difficult and challenging situations. And, believe me, the characters in this film are going to need all the faith they can find in order to survive.
This film is more than just a film about loosing a job. What defines us as a person? What’s really important? What can we live with, and what can we live without? For some of the characters, their job and career define them as a person. They simply do not know how to function without the job. But others will have an opportunity to see there’s more to life than the corporate grind.
Another element to the film is Bobby Walker’s (Ben Afflack) brother-in-law, Jack Dolan (Kevin Costner) who speaks for the blue-collar worker as he questions the moral integrity of corporate America’s attitude toward the working class. Both Bobby and Jack constantly clash over this issue.
Despite the tragedies that it depicts, The Company Men is a film that embraces a message of hope. For each character, it really depends on if they are willing to wake up and realize what is truly meaningful and important in their lives. Sometimes a job loss or other tragic situations can serve as a wake-up call. That’s certainly true in the case of Bobby, Phil and Gene. The only question is will they wake up in time to change the course of their lives for the better?
Also, a tragedy in our lives can put us on a course that is better than where we were.
NOTE OF CAUTION: The Company Men is rated R for some language. The film is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.