Searching ★★★

A lot of reasons why I wanted to love this but ultimately way too sentimental, uncool, schticky, cloying for me. Every strategy that was supposed to make me give a shit actually did the opposite. Lot of unintentional laughter in the theater and also a bit of intentional laughter as well. Sadly those moments, along with moments of genuine tension were too few and far between. The confrontation with the brother, the live streamed funeral, and his momentary foray into live-streaming standout as functional ideas that worked. Always exited to see a screen movie and feel filmmakers exploring/messing with form. Didn’t feel like any of it blew me away beyond mere functionality. Without the “screen movie” trappings the storytelling is about as good as a lesser Lifetime thriller.