Waves (2019)


“You have so much love to share with the world and so much life yet to live.” – Ronald

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following a tragedy, a father tries to keep his family together.

My Take on it – This is a film that attempts to tell a tale of redemption and forgiveness yet fails to be as powerful and engaging as one might hope that it could be.

The way that the film develops these characters is done well and they present things in a straightforward and understandably manner yet there is a feeling of disconnect between the characters and the premise which is too difficult to ignore.

The film’s narrative is also problematic because it essential tries to tell two different stories along the way yet doesn’t tell them simultaneously.

The first half of the film tells one story and then after that story ends abruptly, it continues to tell the story of a secondary character and how the events of the first part affect her life onward.

This method of storytelling is novel, yet it makes it even harder to find an anchor in the story that will help keep things flowing because it feels as if it is buried very deep down within the psyche of the characters and not available on the surface.

The film’s message seems to be all about forgiveness yet the way that some of these characters seek it doesn’t come across realistically enough for us to believe the sincerity of it all.

The story moves along much too slowing and has too many lulls along the way that fail to help make this kind of story much more impactful.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work as well as one might hope.  The characters are presented well and they do a nice job of developing them but there is too much of a feeling of disconnect during the story that is hard to ignore. The way that the film is essentially two stories is also a bit problematic because they don’t tell these stories simultaneously but rather one picks up after the other is finished. This makes it much harder to find an anchor of the film because it is buried much too deeply.  The message of the film seems to be all about forgiveness yet it’s hard to believe the sincerity of some of the forgiveness that they try and show here because it deals with issues that are much too emotional and complex and cant be viewed on screen very easily.  The pacing is extremely slow and there are too many lulls along this journey that make things feel a bit too boring instead of being more powerful.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It was erroneously reported when the film was announced that it was going to be a musical. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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