Leave No Trace (2018)

“I think it might be easier on us if we try to adapt.” – Tom

“We’re in their clothes. We’re in their house. We’re eating their food. We’re doing their work. We have adapted.” – Will

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A father and daughter living in the woods in Oregon try to keep their low-key life simple while avoiding the authorities.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had high expectation for once I saw that it was quite high on a number of my fellow bloggers top 10 lists of 2018.

The premise sounded interesting even if it seems a bit ambiguous and vague and just doesn’t work as well as I had expected it to.

The way that they develop the characters is done well despite the fact that they leave too much unclear as to what happened prior to the events of this film in order to give us a much better understanding of it all.

Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are both great here in roles that are presented quite low key.

We can feel the connection between the two of that is quite strong after living alone for so many years in the forest even if they ultimately have different views on what path their futures should take.

Perhaps my disappointment with this film stemmed from the high expectations that I had, but I just couldn’t find a way to connect enough with the characters and their story.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that doesn’t work as well as it probably could have. The characters are developed quite well yet there is too much that is left unknown about the story prior to the events of the film that would help us get an even better understanding of them. Foster and McKenzie are both great in these very low key roles and they allow us to get a sense of the strong connection between them that has been built over the years even if they have differing opinions on what is right for the path of their lives.  The story isn’t as powerful as I had hoped it would be and was a bit disappointed.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Once Ben Foster had signed onto the film, he and Debra Granik worked together to remove around 40% of the dialogue. This was to make the film have less exposition and feel more realistic. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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