There are some things in life that guide us through time and space without a hitch like maps and spirituality...And then there are things in this world that slam us brainless into the side of a concrete wall at 100 miles an hour! That's Love and Addiction for ya!
Dan and Candy seem to find this out the hard way in Neil Armfield's drug-hazed romance titled,"Candy", a film about love and it's addicting principles.
Dan(Ledger) and Candy(Cornish) are two love birds immersed in each other's smiling light for what seems like a match made in heaven. Until one day, a lowly, creepy, sinister, snakey culprit named Heroin jumps aboard the gravy train.
Not one to back off, Heroin weaves it's dark encapsulating web around the hearts of two, threatening to leave only one. Let's take a look at this romantic path of destruction...
Walking outside of her comfort into the arms of many, she finds that there is no quench for her insatiable thirst. He watches from the sidelines, knowing full well what events will unfold before their appetites are no longer wet. Finding salvation in the pockets of strangers, the two love birds fly high into the heavens until their wings can flap no more. Thrashing and wildly flailing about gravity comes into view paralyzing the beautiful mountain of passion which ultimately brings our two lovers spiraling down. Down..down..down...
Yes, "Candy" is a beautiful story, a sad story, but still a story that needed to be told. Luke Davie's novel, Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction was the inspiration that prompted the creation of this on-screen adaptation. This movie holds some powerful themes of sacrifice and demonstrates how dark a love can be without proper nourishment. Heath Ledger taps into his character with an almost uncanny fit, as he plays a man in love struggling with addiction. Abbie Cornish also stars in the film as Candy, a woman that loves a man deeper than he could ever know.
Just to clear the air, Abbie's performance in this movie was spectacular! She reminded us of Charlize Theron in Sweet November splashed with the rage and restlessness of addiction. Her character, Candy is deep and so is Dan's as they both are helpless against Love or shall we say themselves. A wonderful aspect about this film is that it's not all about the drugs,even though drugs are there, they are not the source of their pain. The heroin serves as only a catalyst to the inevitable struggle that they would have encountered regardless of their sober or fogged mind-state.
Be warned this movie may take some viewers to dark places they do not wish to go. Places they do not wish to return, but for those that "watch" the rewards are great. You not only get to see Heath in one of his better performances, you get to witness some of the raw depths within the human soul. So watch "Candy" today and see what happens when Madness and Love meet Addiction, it's an experience that you won't soon forget.
Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for viewers looking for a little more meat in their romance and for lovers of a good flick from "Down Under".
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