Writer/Director Johnny Greenlaw is guilty of gifting us with a nifty narrative fiction film entitled Mommy’s Box.
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Indeed, it is a combination of both clever casting and sensational story telling. It showcases scenarios where genuinely good people are adversely affected by bad circumstances. Fate finds each character chasing to secure success, security and strength. Unbeknownst to all, their trials and triumphs will later gift them with clarity and closeness.
Often times, authors act solely as a story teller, for telling the tale is their primary passion. However, Greenlaw hands his audiences a story and screen time as the “annoyed at life” lead character Nicholas. He is the older sibling, while Joey acts as the awkward adolescent brother, played by the humble and handsome Bill Sorvino.
Nicholas shows his struggles facially and vocally. His rigid, resentful tone builds scene by scene, as does his desire to drown himself in darkness. However, Joey holds his strife on his sleeve. He is oddly over the top in personality, strongly sensitive, and is underestimated and unfulfilled. Both are engaging in earning enlightenment of themselves and each other.
This perfect pairing sings a symphony of symmetry both on and off screen, which will excite and enthuse audiences. Both men create characters who demonstrate struggles and sadness while coping with a chaotic caretaker. Her depression drowns her, precipitating a partial psychosis of sorts in “Mommy”.
This diva of destruction is also a soft soul suffering from the darkness of death’s toll. Gina Scarda, aka “Mommy,” brings an immense intensity and dramatic depth to her character. Viewers will flip between wanting to scream at her, or shed tears with her. Scarda also succeeds in showing her sexiness and sass as a developed defense to hide her character’s heartache. Strong yet scared; harsh and hurt is this female.
However, Greenlaw throws in an additional two wild wing women for Nicholas – one is a nurturer and the other a close confidant. Jordana, played by Carly Brooke, is the owner of an old soul and a dowry of dreams. She and Nicholas share a commonality in music and mothers.
Carly comes across appearance-wise as Kesha, and acoustically as Amy Winehouse. Looks and sound aside, she built a character chock full of life and spirit, and is one who shows a scarred soul. Jennifer Dorcic signs on as Hayes, and we are led to believe she is Nicholas’ former flame.
She is a steadfast safety net for the family, despite her implied inability to stabilize security in her own situations. Hayes is the “pal” version of the parent in this film. Jennifer and Johnny’s obvious fawning through friendship is real and riveting. Hayes offers us a brazen and bold woman with a heart hardened by deep disadvantages. Achievement in acting is developing duality to ensure emotion, and Jennifer succeeds in a big way.
One main movie line loved by this reviewer is the following: “…you can’t fight life – the harder you fight it, the harder it fights you.” This was said by Jordana, who plays a homeless street singer who bonds with Nicholas. This relationship is intrinsic, as it demonstrates that love is limitless, and friends can truly be family.
From baffling beginning to fuzzy finale, this film is a trio of teaching: learn, love, and let go in life. Take a trip to the theater and discover the delight that is Mommy’s Box.
Banner Image: Mommy’s Box movie promo. Image Credit – Johnny Greenlaw