Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writers: Sergio G. Sanchez (screenplay), Maria Belon (story)
Stars: Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Ewan McGregor, Ploy Jindachote
The Impossible is one of the most emotional experiences I’ve ever had watching a movie. I haven’t cried so much watching a movie since Brokeback Mountain (2005), except
this time it was much more powerful. With some of the best acting I’ve
ever seen, a heart-wrenching story of survival, and cinematography that
is breathtaking, The Impossible is definitely one of the greatest movies of 2012.
This is the true story of the Belon family, who were holidaying at a
beachside resort in Thailand when the Boxing Day Tsunami wreaked havoc
on the country. The family was split into two after the tsunami struck,
with mother Maria (Naomi Watts) and her son Lucas (Tom Holland) in one place, and Ewan McGregor and
the other two little boys in another. The first half of the film was
the ‘wave striking’, and the last half was the displacement of the
family and their search to find each other. Altogether, this is a movie
I’ll never forget.
The highlight of the film is without a doubt the masterful performance of Naomi Watts. Not
only is this the best performance by an actress in 2012, but it is one
of the greatest performances of all time. It’s subtle, it’s real, it’s
so darn emotional. Every gesture, every word, everything Watt’s did I connected to. She portrayed a real person, which is why she is the best.
Tom Holland played her son, and boy was his performance
fantastic! The level of emotion he portrayed was astounding. One of the
biggest sins of omission at the Academy Awards in 2012 is the fact that
he wasn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Ewan McGregor turned out a great performance too.
I think the word that describes The Impossible best is:
‘beautiful’. It is just beautiful. The acting was tremendous, and I get
emotional just thinking about the characters and the scenes. It has
fantastic music, cinematography, and a real heart at its core. I love
this movie so much. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I could drink
this tea any day.