I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True ★★★★★

Not exactly an uplifting Thanksgiving watch. It’s got the ceaseless onslaught of horrific obstacles of Gravity, only everything that goes wrong is a Deep Trauma. But bleak as this is, it is utterly captivating. Beautiful and upsetting, at times almost hopeless, but life goes on. There’s this constant hope running through this that surely, at some point, things will begin to look up. Both Mark Ruffalos have the worst lives I’ve ever seen, like a couple of emotional Wile E. Coyotes, but they aren’t portrayed with even an ounce of melodrama. And a lot of that is on the performance. Ruffalo is an unbelievably good actor, selling all of this with such realism.

A lot of movies and TV shows these days are using “Trauma” as a theme, particularly generational trauma. This series does it better than just about anything I can imagine. And all with the message that, even if it seems impossible, the cycle CAN be broken.

If you’re feeling even remotely depressed I would put this one on the backburner, but if you’re in a place where you can engage with those feelings, I think this is genuinely cathartic despite its darkness. An impossible feat, but that’s Ruffalo for ya!