xan’s review published on Letterboxd:
There wasn’t a second of Wildlife where I doubted the amount of heart Paul Dano put into this film. His directorial debut represents an average household and how it looks on the rim of disparity. It’s done slowly, progressively, and beautifully.
The performances were on another level of expertise. Carey did absolutely amazing playing Jeanette and Jake embodies yet another character perfectly. Definitely can see a few awards for this in the future.
Wildlife is a nostalgic story of how it looks breaking in new lifestyles in 1960s Americana. The characters all experience these lifestyles differently through accurate depictions of the workplace and within the household. By the last shot, you’re left with an image of how this particular lifestyle affected this family. It’s strong, representative, and probably my favorite part of the film. It’s definitely one to support.