Cast: Heath Ledger as Dan, Abbie Cornish as Candy, Geoffrey Rush as Casper
Synopsis: A story about a couple that’s addicted to heroin and each other.
I’ve seen a few movies about drug addicts. I’ve watched maybe hundreds of different love stories. Usually those two movies genres don’t mix well together. Scientists have said that love can be just as addictive as any drug. But what happens when you’re addicted to both a drug and a lover. I have no clue, but we do get a taste of this when watching “Candy”. We also get another perspective. Will “Candy” pass the test? Let us find out….
Both Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish give two incredible performances in this movie. They didn’t feel like people playing a part. It felt like they were actually heroin addicts in love. Abbie Cornish was amazing in her part. She goes from innocent girl, to angry girl and everything in between. And she does it well. But Ledger did a slightly better job than Cornish. He played a character that you should hate. (There’s one scene towards the beginning that I’m thinking of at the moment.) You should hate Dan, but you don’t for some reason. You actually adore him a lot of the time. And you want him and Candy to succeed, i.e. get clean and live happily ever after. Geoffrey Rush, who played friend/father figure professor Casper was also great in his role. He could be pretty funny. I wish that he was in the movie a bit more.
“Candy” is based off of the novel of the same name. Both the script and book were written by Luke Davies. I haven’t read the book, but I can say he did a wonderful job with the script. You really got a feel of the life of an addict. Neil Armfield did a fantastic job directing “Candy”. I liked the concept he used in the film, dividing the movies into 3 parts. But the movie was very depressing in the last part. So much so, that I almost stop watching. But I’m glad I stuck with it.
This is no feel-good movie, especially not the last 30 minutes or so. But it is a cautionary tale, and it’s one worth watching. I recommend it, but be sure to watch a comedy afterwards. I’d give it a 7 out of 10. You can rent it on Netflix.