Mini Film Reviews Volume 33

Cowboys

A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex – wife refusal to let their son live as his authentic self. I really wanted to like to like this film and it has got potential, but unfortunately this feel rushed and with undeveloped characters. It also losing interested as the pacing is wrong and it is rather short, it is a major disappointing.

Minari

A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. This has got a great story and the acting is really good especially the kids in this film, it isn’t life affirming and it also lacked the emotional depths. It won’t leave you a lasting impression on you as it try to be too safe and overall you can’t really sympathize with the family, it not remarkable but it still a good film.

Long Way North

In 1882, a young Russian aristocrat goes on an epic adventure to find out what happened to her grandfather and save her family reputation. Another film which has got a brilliant story and it also lacked that emotional punch, but it often engaging enough and with great characters and the time period add it to another level. It is believable and the animation is gorgeous to watch in a film that is well – made.

Garnet’s Gold

Follow one extraordinary man’s quixotic and recklessly brave adventure in search of hidden treasure, in a belated rite of passage to rediscover the meaning of his life. Quietly effective documentary that it is sincere and moving at the same time, it also captivating and with people that you actually care about. I actually considered this as five stars but the ending to this film is rather odd, overall it will stay with you as it is astonishing from start to finish.

Dreamland

Love story set amidst American’s struggle during the Great Depression. Eugene Evans dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal. Too be honest with you I thought this going to be rubbish, but actually it is really good as it is tense, exciting, and totally unpredictable. The acting is amazing in this good look film and it might be slightly inconsistent with certain scenes, I can guaranteed you this will surprised you.

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time – lapse journey about the magical, mysterious, and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. Everyone thinking this documentary will be awful but it is eye catching and with amazing sequences, it is well made and it will transported you to another world with stunning scenery. It also powerful and poignancy and it will move you, it might be unfocused in the middle but the final third is truly spectacular.

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