Amerilla August 4, 2016 Share August 4, 2016 On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 5:05 PM, jmonique said: I see he's 57 according to Wikipedia, but Matthew Modine with a mane of silver hair, and Winona Ryder as the very (believably) mother of a near grown man has made me feel old like few things ever have before. I'm with you on there. It's sort of like James Spader being bald and heavyset now....it's never going to feel normal. Winona's performance didn't bother me. A single mother with no emotional support, nobody to turn to, nobody believing her that Will was still alive - I don't know that "calm desperation" would have felt right. Maybe I'm giving her too much credit, but I felt like she was implicitly drawing a parallel between Eleven's mother and Joyce - that they were messed up, underwhelming mothers to 'special' children, but where Elle's mother had finally gotten worn down and given up the fight, lapsing in to catatonia, Joyce didn't give u,p and went ahead even when she was terrified. I thought she knocked it out of the park in the scenes with Elle and the DIY sensory deprevation tank, assuring Elle it would be OK, not to be scared, not to go on if she couldn't - a kind of love and care she obviously wasn't getting from Evil Modine. I wish there had been more time to explore that aspect. 14 Link to comment
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