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Margaret (Blu-ray Review)

3 Jul, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 7/10/12
Box Office $0.05 million
$39.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
Rated ‘R’ for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images.
Stars Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick.

Shot in 2005, the delayed release of Margaret has finally arrived, and the film would likely had done well had it been given a wide theatrical release.

Anna Paquin gives a vibrant performance as Lisa, an emotional, irrational and, at times, realistically irritating teenager living in New York.

After contributing to a bus accident that leaves a woman dead, her senses of morality and mortality come gushing to the surface.

Up until now, the precocious teenager has been living an easy, privileged life, her mother a Broadway actress and her father living Santa Monica, Calif.

Feeling guilty about the accident, she tracks down the best friend of the deceased woman and reveals the truth of how the accident really happened and her part in it.

Meanwhile, she offers her virginity to a schoolmate, sleeps with her teacher and maintains a constant tension with her mother.

The first half of the film seems as if we’re peeking into Lisa’s personal diary, not knowing where she might lead us but nonetheless drawn in by her outbursts, her relationships and the head-scratching decisions she makes. Straddling adulthood and childhood, Lisa shows a fierce, independent spirit at certain times and at others a naiveté that fuels her emotional eruptions.

And those around her aren’t just background players, but well fleshed out characters that add to the depth and authenticity of Lisa’s world.

Running 150 minutes, the film is so engrossing and multidimensional that at the end you’re still left feeling like you’ve seen only a sliver of the entire story.

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