Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Look at the lives of various residents of a low key motel located near Disney World
My Take on it – This is a fascinating film because through much of it, nothing really happens.
But that is part of the magic of this film.
The story is mostly seen through the eyes of an innocent little girl and we are only shown her perspective on things.
When taking a step back we can easily see what it suggested and implied about much of what goes on around her.
The choice to show us an innocent perspective on things keeps the film light despite the dark undertones of the reality around them.
This film takes a bit of time to sink in as to what it truly is about and that is actually quite welcoming.
There is so much to absorb here because of the multi-layered approach to storytelling that allows us to choose whether to follow the innocent or darker parts of the story.
The only recognizable face in this film is Willem Dafoe who is great here because he allows for a responsible ‘adult’ anchor in a story filled with lots of children.
His role is quite subtle yet very effective.
We get to see how he takes action in situations where he is the only one who really understands the dangers just like a parent trying to keep their child safe as much as possible.
There has been a lot of buzz for Dafoe to win Best Support Actor Awards at the Globes and Oscars and as much as I love him in just about anything he does, I’m still rooting for Sam Rockwell who is so amazing in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
That being said, if Dafoe wins, I won’t be that upset because this is a great performance despite being subtle.
The biggest problem I have with the film is the fact that it doesn’t really have an ending but I think that largely has to do with the fact that since this film is being told from the perspective of an innocent, the next part of the story will no longer be so innocent.
Bottom Line – Great idea to tell this story from the perspective of a child because it gives us so much insight into an innocent mind. The performances by all the characters are really enjoyable to watch because it feels as if we are watching real people. This is the kind of film that needs a bit of time to grow on you as you slowly absorb everything that has transpired. That allows the story to be telling numerous perspectives on a situation because there is what we see from the child’s perspective and what we know is really going on. DaFoe’s character is great because he seems to be the most responsible adult in the area who does all he can to try and help his “children” stay safe. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Willem Dafoe spent a week living in the filming area before production in order to immerse himself in the life of the characters & master the nuances of the regional dialect. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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