So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.
Starring: Sally Hawkins (PADDINGTON , and upcoming films PADDINGTON 2  and GODZILLA: KING OF MONSTERS ) and Ethan Hawke (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN , and the upcoming VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS )
Directing: Aisling Walsh (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Writer: Sherry White (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Composer: Michael Timmins (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of). Cinematographer: Guy Godfree (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of)
This is my honest opinion of: MAUDIE
Set during the 1930s in Marshaltown, Nova Scotia. Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins) is an arthritic woman with a talent for simple paintings. Unable to take care of herself, she sets out to look for a job to provide for herself. As fate would have it, a local impoverished fish peddler Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawk) is looking for a woman to take care of his small house while he’s out on his rounds trying sell fish and wood. She takes the job and though their relationship is beyond rocky, the two eventually strike up a complex relationship, leading to an imperfect but loving marriage, all the while the local townsfolk flock to their home to buy her increasingly popular paintings.
It kills me to do a quick review on this movie, but I’m paralyzed on what to say about it other than… it’s one of the best romance films of the year. Both Hawkins and Hawke are phenomenal and flawlessly bring to life a relationship that is so unconventional, so complex and complicated, yet so tender, meaningful, and beautiful that I can’t help but gush. With gorgeous landscapes, cute, but memorable artwork, and unforgettable performances, this is one of those few reminders that a movie doesn’t need to have the biggest drama or greatest of stakes to be compelling, or to overly dramatize to make interesting. All it needs is to give you a raw and passionate look into the life of a woman who may not have changed the world, but definitely changed and warmed the hearts around her. And wiping away the tears in my eyes, I happily say that this brilliant film warmed mine.
My honest rating for MAUDIE: 5/5