REVIEW: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

infinitely polar bear movie posterWhen Maggie (Zoe Saldana) gets into Colombia to get her Master’s degree, her husband Cam (Mark Ruffalo) who has bipolar takes over the responsibility of looking after their two young daughters Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) in Boston.

Infinitely Polar Bear tackles some tough themes. A father with bipolar struggles to look after his children while a mother makes the almost impossible decision to move miles away from her family in order to get a better education and therefore be able to get a better job and a better life for her children. It mostly tackles these themes well but sometimes the humour almost makes light of the situation this family finds themselves in.

Infinitely Polar Bear is funny. Its humour is often weird and kind of off the wall but it’s still funny. That being said, sometimes it’s the sort of humour or situations that’s a bit awkward and uncomfortable but that does put you in the shoes of Amelia and Faith who are often embarrassed by their father’s antics.

The performances in Infinitely Polar Bear are what really stands out. Mark Ruffalo gives a great performance as a man who tries, not always his best, but he does try and he argues and fights with the ones he cares about. The two young actresses are phenomenal and are two actresses to watch out for in the future. They are believable sisters and they have great chemistry with both Ruffalo and Saldana. The whole family work well together and have believable relationships which helps pull you into their story.

Infinitely Polar Bear is a charming film with a brilliant lead performance from Mark Ruffalo, it’s well worth a watch. 4/5.

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