Film Reviews: ‘Imposters’ and ‘Santa Clarita Diet’
By Samantha Barksdale
As a high school teacher, I often find myself explaining to my students that things are not always as they seem. There are the lovesick and heartbroken who can’t understand why their beloved would walk away from something that seemed so real. There are chameleons, students who change their look, friends and interests every few months.
The most heart-wrenching of all, however, are the ones who come to school every day pretending that all is well when they are dealing with life-or-death situations at home.
One might like to believe that these charades end after high school, but adults can be just as hard to figure. This month, my reviews are all about deception; things are not always as they appear.
I decided this was my new favorite show in the first five minutes of episode one. The show opens with Ezra. He is sitting on his couch, beer in hand, trash all around him, with an electrical cord noose around his neck.
His suicide attempt was unsuccessful, and now it appears as if the FBI is at his door. Poor Ezra; what could he have possibly done to deserve this?
Unfortunately for Ezra, he was the victim of a group of con artists. Ezra thought he was marrying a lovely woman from Belgium. His six-week marriage to Ava was the stuff dreams were made of, and he cannot believe that she never actually existed. He must come to terms with the fact that his marriage was a sham and his life savings is gone.
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know I’m a sucker for a crime show. Imposters checks all the boxes of things I love in a series: crime, comedy, plot twists, witty dialogue and just enough romance. I’m hooked, and you will be, too.
‘Santa Clarita Diet’
I’m not sure why, but I have an irrational fear of zombies. As such, I make it a rule to avoid pretty much anything that includes them in the story line. Santa Clarita Diet was a welcome exception to the rule, however.
Drew Barrymore plays Sheila Hammond. Sheila and her husband, Joel, have a pretty average life. They are real estate agents and parents of a teenage daughter. They live in the suburbs, right between two feuding police officers. Things in the Hammond house are pretty run of the mill until the day Sheila gets sick.
Joel and Sheila are in the middle of showing a home when she begins to feel nauseous. Before we know it, she’s vomited, a lot, all over the bedroom floor. She excuses herself to the bathroom, where her husband finds her, sometime later, seemingly dead.
Joel is relieved when Sheila wakes up, and a few hours later they are at home trying to figure out what happened to her.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Sheila has somehow become a zombie. Luckily, she’s not the traditional type of zombie. She still knows and loves her family and her life; she just needs a little raw meat to keep the hunger at bay.
Sheila might have joined the ranks of the undead, but the Hammonds aren’t ready to leave their life in the suburbs just yet. So, they decide to keep it all a secret. Seriously, no one needs to know that Sheila eats people.
Santa Clarita Diet may seem a little far-fetched, but the message is strong. Loving someone means accepting who and what they are.