My wife’s going to be at a function where Felicity Huffman will be speaking, so we thought we’d watch “TransAmerica” to check out the actor’s Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated performance. Sure, we could have started watching “Desperate Housewives,” but… well.
Like the best movies, indeed, the best literature of any kind, what makes “TransAmerica” so good isn’t what happens in the movie, it’s what the movie’s about. There’s a difference. So, if you told yourself you wouldn’t see a “gay movie” (it’s not) or a “trannie movie” (it’s not) I urge you to reconsider.
This is a movie about self-discovery, self-worth, the weight of responsibility, and the rewards available when one faces that responsibility. In other words, it’s about being human. That’s you, right?
Finally, if you’re interested in the actual craft of making art, in this case the actor’s art, Felicity Huffman’s performance is astonishingly transformative in every sense. I didn’t see any of the other Best Actress movies for 2006, but I find it very hard to believe Reese Witherspoon did a better job as June Carter in “Walk The Line.”
Rent this one — hell, it’s worth owning.