An extremely watchable mess. Too many stars and plot lines, and Hathaway is all wrong for the part. Also the worst sound mixing ever.
Frustrating. It has some nice moments—Sunny and Na-kel are standouts. But I felt like the movie sidestepped everything that was compelling: the mom, teenage substance abuse, Stevie’s self-harm. The finding community angle wasn’t satisfying for me; some of the kids were so shitty and I hated seeing Stevie get corrupted. I guess that’s part of growing up, you yell at your parents, get peer pressured into smoking, etc., but it was overboard for me. I’m of the age where I’m…
The striking image of dirty Harry Dean Stanton with the red hat wandering the desert is misleading. It made me expect something weirder or more clever instead of a somewhat conventional family drama.
My expectations aside, I found the dialogue unimpressive and the *big monologue* oversimplistic and unmoving. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t like movies with uncharismatic characters. Maybe the script underserves them. The story is decently good. The imagery is the highlight. Mr. Müller at it again.