Watched for research for a script I'm developing with LB member Jacob Padilla - letterboxd.com/jpadidal/
That's What I am is a coming of age / rites of passage story that centers around the theme of 'tolerance' and 'prejudice'. The attempt to be meaningful is there, but the execution is lacking. Many moments that feel 'almost, but not quite'. The child characters never felt as likable as the script wanted them to feel, and the adult characters feel two-dimensional and lacking nuance.
On the surface, the Wonder Years style voiceover and poor acting is hard to look past.
But, since I'm watching as research, here are some things I'm taking away:
Things this movie did well:
- Balanced multiple plots