Tuesday, December 4, 2012
THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS
From the beginning, Burns' creative writing skills pulled you in; he gave you just enough information to make you start thinking about the puzzle ahead to be solved. Burns' cast in "Fitzgerald" was outstanding. Taking with him from previous movies included Kerry Bishe (Newlyweds), Connie Britton (The Brothers McMullen), and Michael McGlone (She's the One, The Brothers McMullen), but the standouts to me were the mom and dad played respectively by Anita Gillette and Ed Lauter. Anita was the epitome of an Irish mom and Ed, the unassuming and regretful father asking for forgiveness was so believable that I once again, felt that I was a fly on the wall watching reality unfold before me. As each character was introduced, we see that the peacemaker wasn't always loved by his sibs, but his mother adores "this golden boy." (Yes, there's one of those in every large Irish family too. Woe be to the woman who marries this "golden boy." Trust me on that one!) Every sibling had their own story of how it was to be raised in the single-mom household and their outcome because of it. At the center of everyone's story was Gerry and how he interacted and affected all the siblings and his parents. Connie Britton played Nora, a nurse who encountered Gerry, complete with immediate attraction. (Can you blame her?) Gerry's mother upon meeting Nora, inquired of her last name. She needed to know Nora's nationality. English was truly not what she wanted to hear and Mom's reaction to that was priceless. It also brought back my own personal memories of my husband becoming a "lost soul" because he was marrying a non-Catholic, non-Irish woman. (Insert shivers here!) The entire movie captured the nuances of any larger family and how they function together as a whole and how that permeates their outside relationships.
"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" was a fun, realistic and heartwarming way to learn about all of these "kids" and see how loyalty among siblings was so strong, no matter what the age. As I wiped away my tears, it made me thankful for family, no matter how small my side is, and made me understand a little more about the loyalty of this large Irish Catholic family I married into. "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" promises to entertain and enlighten you as you are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. Burns just tells it in a realistic and current perspective. As always, Burns has a hit.
"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" will open in select theaters in NY on December 7, Florida on December 14, and Chicago December 21.