Didn't work for me
- Blue Jay review by RJ
As so often in life, I feel like the miserable one at the party, refusing to join in. I just didn't like this film, despite it being recommended by friends and also despite the fact I haven't really been able to find a bad review of it online (although some of the reviews have at least acknowledged the weakness of the melodramatic finale).
It just didn't work for me right from the start. I didn't find the central characters convincing and the whole thing had the feel of an improvisation workshop in drama school. Many people/reviews have commented on the 'truthfulness' of the film and the performances, but I found it all extremely contrived and not resembling any version of reality that I am familiar with. Just for good measure, I also disliked the look of the film, which is black-and-white-for-the-sake-of-it in the way that quirky indie films often are.
But, hey, everyone else seemed to like it, so it's probably safe to ignore my review.
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