The term “everyman” typically refers to one individual, a man or woman, who shares characteristics with the bulk of the world. Jury decides not to limit this role to one person in Working Man. Each person, with a focus on Walter and Allery, appeals to the common man, the working man, the struggling man-the everyman. This ensemble of characters is quite possibly the most relatable of any film in recent memory.
Jury’s ability to connect to the real world and the people in it says volumes about his writing skills. His script is simple and requires very little from the audience, but it has a depth that tears at the heart of its viewers like the nine circles of Hell. The beauty of his storytelling, along with the impeccably endearing performances of Gerety and Brown, create a story (or series of stories depending on how one looks at it) that is impossible to look away from.
“This ensemble of characters is quite possibly the most relatable of any film in recent memory.”
Full of appeal and depth, Working Man continuously moves forward and appeals to nearly every demographic. The story does become monotonous at times, and while this mirrors Allery and Walter’s existence, sometimes, it becomes a bit difficult to appreciate. This is the only blip in an otherwise beautiful spectacle of the roller coaster ride called life. Robert Jury works hard from the opening moments to appeal to the masses and create a sense of understanding among his viewers.
He is successful in his attempts, and Working Man develops a deep and meaningful story to which all can relate. The beautiful sentiment that Jury creates with the help of his talented actors is one of a kind. Watch this film, absorb its meaning, and appreciate everything that it teaches you; you will be a better person for it.
"…Jury's ability to connect to the real world and the people in it says volumes about his writing..."