It's been a long time since I fell in love with a movie the way I did last night with IN YOUR EYES. So here is my movie review for this richly enjoyable film.
IN YOUR EYES is the story of a woman and a man who find themselves telepathically entwined, a bond which leads them to greater and greater trust and finally to love.
With grace and humor, this movie shows two people engaging the process of mutual self-revelation that is falling in love, and then finally lurching into the more humbling unburdening that is intimacy.
I felt a tender resonance with the woman Rebecca undergoing psychic events and struggling to have her vulnerability, her personhood, and her distinct agency all at once, all while married to a wealthy, controlling man who insists on seeing her as crazy. "Because he loves her."
The writer in me loved the perfect balance of Joss Whedon's screenplay. It was simply a beautifully written script.
The two main characters mirrored, tested, and enhanced each other. They gave to each other, needed each other, and completed each other.
Whedon's Rebecca has class and education, and she must confront and integrate her losses to find her strength.
His ex-con Dylan courageously decides to grow and better himself, yet it is his criminal skills that ultimately save the day.
I laughed out loud at a scene where the main characters were dancing to music only one of them could hear aloud--while others watched. A scene where Rebecca erupts to save Dylan from a kitchen fire was scary, funny, and compelling all at once.
With delight, I recommend this movie: it's a 5 star film. I was never a Buffy fan, but to Joss Whedon, I say, My compliments! Well done, sir!
Note: The movie soundtrack is also fantastic--worth $9.99 to purchase. I particularly recommend Crumblin'. Great song!