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Speak Review (2004) – Hold Up! Kristen Stewart can act?

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Category: Drama
Actors: Kristen Stewart , Michael Angarano, Hallee Hirsh, Steve Zahn, Steve Zahn
Duration: 89 min
Rated: PG-13

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
White Oleander (2002), Thirteen (2003)

The Story: 15- year old Melinda (Kristen Stewart) has experienced an event this summer that made her lose her friends and stop speaking. Her parents and teachers don’t know what to do to make her talk, and as the school year continues things just get worse.

Review: When I think of Kristen Stewart I think of her very flat performances in Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman, and without being disrespectful I blame her face for it, which doesn’t show any emotions. And even though she has the same emotionless face in this movie it works perfectly because Melinda is going through hell and tries to overcome everything by herself without talking to anyone. It seems like she could relate more to this role. I thought I would never see the day when I say this, but she delivered a good performance and proved that she can act.
Speak is a touching story, that slowly reveals what actually happened to Melinda during the summer, and even though it was probably not only obvious to me what this tragic event was, it keeps you watching and feel sympathy for her, hoping she will finally speak up. The movie is all about Melinda, so unfortunately the other characters don’t have much of a change and seem a little flat sometimes. I for one wanted to know more about her art teacher, see more confrontations with her racist history teacher, and find out why her mother seemed so cold but had moments where she was really caring and nice.

Rating: 6/10

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