Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis, Kyle MacLachlan
Drake Doremus is a graduate of the American Film Institute. He has made a film a year over the past four years. His “scriptless” films are guided by an extensive self-written outline that details the story, scene objectives and subtext, showcasing actors’ ability to improvise. In 2011, his film Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at Sundance.
#1 / Saturday 22 June, 2013 / 01:03 GMTThis was disappointing. I can see what they were aiming for; a low-key, subtle, beautiful film. It certainly was beautiful. But it was very, very far from being subtle.
In only the second scene of the film we are shown Guy Pearce’s character reading, with an unhappy look on his face, a letter from the local school saying ‘Welcome back teachers!’. He then puts down the letter so that he can gaze longingly through some pictures of himself on stage with his old rock band. This is a cartoonish, lazy way to draw a character and is marginally insulting to the audience who, it is implied, need everything spelled out for them. It is the opposite of subtle. Every glance or gesture throughout the film was loaded with ‘meaning’, you were hit in the face with it at every turn. It just became annoying.
Leaving that aside however, along with the frustratingly large part that coincidence played in the plot, it did look good. Just maybe not the best choice for opening night.
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