Tonight is the Oscars and, as usual, my choice for Best Picture isn't nominated. In fact, you may not even heard of it. That said, I really do believe American Mary is the best picture of the year.
Here we have a truly brave film. One that takes on many, many issues. It talks about the student loan problem. It talks about rape culture. It talks about what women have to sacrifice in themselves simply to try to survive in the patriarchy. It talks about the objectification of women. It gets into the idea that patriarchal tropes exist because men are fundamentally terrified of women. It talks honestly about sexual harassment in school and in the work place. Most importantly it does so in a way that doesn't lecture - it entertains, while making you think.
Billed as a horror film, it's not. It's something beyond that. It goes to the heart of what it really means to take control of your own body and how doing so defines your destiny.
Most interesting of all is the protagonist. Are you on Mary's side and cheering her along? Or does she scare the shit out of you? Both interpretations make sense, and Mary herself won't care about your answer. All she cares about is the right to be herself and stand up to the patriarchy, no matter what and her fight to be an independent woman.
Is she crazy?
Sure, but it's a crazy inflicted on her by the society she lives in. And, her reaction to it all is picture perfect.