film reviews

A Long Way Down

Left to right: J.J., Jess, Maureen, Martin. Google images.

Hello, dear readers!

A story that begins with what could have been tragedy ends with hope and optimism for the future.

Suicide is a tricky subject to talk about, especially in the media. But some films, like A Long Way Down, deal with the subject quite well, choosing to use a blend of dark humor and sensitivity to create empathy towards a unique set of characters.

Today, I finished watching A Long Way Down, a film that deals with the topic of suicide. The film opens with four people meeting on top of the same roof, on New Year’s Eve, with the intention of jumping. After the two men and two women decide not to jump, the group forms a pact not to kill themselves until Valentine’s Day.

While I expected the film to end in tragedy, I was relieved when none of the main characters–Maureen, J.J., Martin, and Jess–all survived. What I loved about this film was how each of these characters sought help in the end, which is something that doesn’t always happen in these kinds of films. For these character’s to realize that they are needed, loved, and important to the people closest to them is huge.

Also, it was interesting to see Aaron Paul in a different role. He was wonderful as Jesse Pinkman, but he embodied a young man who was having emotional and mental issues well, in my opinion.


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