There is no doubt that Wristcutters tries to be different, against the norm and “out of the square” Hollywood, but that do not always translate to a good movie experience. It is a film that makes you think, feel bittersweet, a few jokes here and there, but there is something about the film that stops the audience from engaging. Whether it is deliberate or not, it is not important, but at the end of the day, it is still a good attempt at trying something different, disguising a romantic comedy within the world of after-life. What could have made the film great, if it can bring the audience along the journey and involve them within? Unfortunately for whatever reasons the film glimpses at important issues, but only never truly explored into them. Still, a decent and strange film, but could have been better…
Neo rates it 6.5/10.
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits
Directed by: Goran Dukic
Little Miss Sunshine is a wonderful heartfelt movie because it lets the actors play their game, without plot devices, movie magic or a emotionally simulating soundtrack. It works because, the casting is pitch perfect, the directing is automated and the situation seems real. The movie is about dreams, pursuing, the journey, the destination and realisation. It is a satirical comedy without the actors ever trying to be funny. In fact it is one of those rare movies where the whole family can sit in a van on a highway and along with the induced silence, the movie still moves along. It’s a movie that makes you think further on about everything and at the same time, it lifts you somehow. Perhaps you don’t know it, but you will feel it. It is one of those experiences that you have to endure yourself…
Neo rates it 8.5/10.
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin
Writing about Asian and World cinema since 2004 (Member of Film Critic Circle of Australia and Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts)