100 Day Film Challenge – Day 8 | Bernie (2012)

Based on a true story, Bernie is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey.

Bernie Tiede (Black) is a beloved assistant funeral director in the small town of Carthage, Texas. He befriends an elderly woman named Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine) after her husband passes away, and they soon become the talk of the town. Is it romantic? Is Bernie gay? No one knows for sure; they just know the relationship is weird. After being bossed around one too many times by Marjorie though, Bernie snaps and accidentally shoots her. Danny Buck Davidson (McConaughey) sets out to prove Bernie guilty, while the town rallies around their beloved Bernie.

The acting is top-notch, especially Black’s. This is the best performance of his career, in my opinion. Linklater beautifully directs this film in the style of a documentary, which makes you feel for the characters, and helps you delve into the story.

Some may find the movie too supportive of Bernie, ignoring the facts of his crime. Other than that, this is a fascinating, well-done film with phenomenal acting.

Verdict: 4/5

Bernie is available to stream on US Netflix


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