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Where’d You Go, Bernadette Blu-ray Review


Cate Blanchett can’t save this misfire.

Based on the hit novel by Maria Semple, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” revolves around the titular character who is a wife, mother, and former architecture wiz who is struggling. She’s having mental health issues, she is essentially an outsider who can’t get along with people, and she is losing herself by not being in the architectural world again. After a series of incidents, Bernadette goes rogue and decides to go to Antarctica by herself. Can Bernadette work through her issues? Will her family find her in Antarctica? Those are but a couple of the questions in this multi-genre film.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” came and went in a flash in theaters and, after seeing it, it’s not hard to see why. Despite being directed by Richard Linklater (who also co-wrote the project alongside Holly Gent and Vince Palmo) who is easily one of the best working filmmakers around (and one of my personal favorites), the movie is too busy for its own good. Condensing a novel is always tricky business, but in the case of this adaptation, there are far too many subplots, ideas, and characters being juggled about. Ultimately, many of them simply get lost, shortchanged and underdeveloped. Moreover, the movie reaches its conclusion for too easily as if half of the chaotic events in this story never even happened.

Another puzzling aspect here is that it never really feels like a Linklater film. Linklater’s work is known for being personal and intimate and while this is a character study about finding yourself and family, it lacks that Linklater touch for lack of a better phrase.

The lone bright spot of ‘Bernadette’ is Cate Blanchett who fully commits to this wild character. Blanchett does everything in her power to bring the character to life and her performance is nothing short of astonishing. It’s just a shame the movie around her lets her down. There are some notable supporting roles here by the likes of Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, newcomer Emma Nelson, and the always underrated James Urbaniak.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p B+

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA B+

* Fox trailers and a “Where’d You Go Bernadette” trailer
* Digital copy
* “Bringing Bernadette To Life”- A featurette about the big screen adaptation of the novel
* “Who Is Bernadette?”- A featurette on the titular character

November 24, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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