The Humans: Plays to Screen…Dicey Transitions

Steve Karam got lucky, sorry to be so condescending, but The Humans while heroic in its attempts to incorporate 9/11, dementia, body shaming, adultery, chronic disease and family issues fails because of that…analogous to why Respect didn’t work as a proper honor to Aretha, again trying to encompass way too much.
While I read the play and never saw it live, the movie version written and directed by the playwright himself was just odd. I love Richard Jenkins and he is fantastic even with the wrong artistic choices of faraway cinematography, views through semi-opaque glass and near total darkness. The rest of the cast is also great, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun, Jayne Houdyshell and June Squibb. The only miscast was Beanie Feldstein who according to the character is obsessed with physical health of which she does not appear to be in this character’s costuming and demeanor.
A tough watch, even from someone in a dysfunctional family.

By Goldie

Aspiring writer who has retired from the institution of education. I've written plays, three of which have been performed both in Rochester NY and here in Sarasota FL. I also write stand up and obviously, film critique. My comment section does not work, so please email me your comments at

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