The Secret in Their Eyes
The secret of 'The Secret in Their Eyes' is that there is no secret. This thriller laced with romance and comedy is a story about Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darín), a former court investigator, who revisits the case of a young woman raped and murdered in her home. The case is resolved but the murderer is released from jail to become a government agent in Argentina's military dictatorship. Esposito's journey to the past then bec
omes an emotional one, as he revisits his old lover, acquaintances and dear friends, and the story of the young girl who is still mourned by her husband. In doing so, he unravels how they have found peace, and how he must do so for himself. The movie, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, may seem like a mishmash of several storylines in the beginning, but comes together in a clean smooth finish.
The story of children caught up in divorce is not the cheeriest of premises. But this is not the case for Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly), both grown-up men in their 40s who still live under the umbrella of their parents' wealth. Their safe bubbles burst when both their parents end up falling in love with each other and tie the knot. And so begins a series of comedy tussles between the two men, squabbling over matters ranging from personal space to house rules, as they struggle to cope with each other. This defines much of what happens in 'Step Brothers', with Ferrell and Reilly's slapstick chemistry really bringing the film to life. Some of their antics are a little clichéd, but the weird mix of characters who fill out the movie make it a worthwhile watch.