“The Light At The End Of The 2020 Tunnel” - San Diego Film Festival Reviews: “C’mon C’mon”, United States, 2021, directed by Mike Mills.
After greater than a 12 months and a half of empty film theaters and digital screenings, cinema is formally again in San Diego. What higher technique to open up the twentieth anniversary of the San Diego Film Festival, than a screening of Mike Mills’ heart-felt characteristic C’mon C’mon.
The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny, a radio journalist who travels cross-country asking kids from completely different backgrounds a collection of questions that condense into one major inquiry; what do you suppose the longer term will seem like? Amidst his odyssey of existential questions he displays on the latest passing of his mom and reaches out to his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffmann) for the primary time after a falling out between the 2. During their dialog Viv discloses a visit she should take to assist save her husband (Scoot McNairy) from a substance downside. Johnny spontaneously volunteers to look at over her son/his nephew Jesse, performed brilliantly by a 12 12 months outdated Woody Norman in his breakout function. What ensues is among the most pure, heartwarming tales to return out of the pandemic.
The chemistry between Johnny and Jesse is undeniably the driving drive of the film. The performances from Norman and Phoenix are so refreshingly human. The latter has taken a step again from his darker roles and grounds himself in a scaled again efficiency harking back to his portrayal as Theodore in Her (2013) directed by Spike Jonze.
Though the performances of the movie are spectacular, the actual coronary heart of this film comes from the Neo-realistic interviews with inside metropolis kids from completely different elements of America. Director Mike Mills brilliantly interweaves the story line with these actual moments to boost the central query of the film. The reply; any sliver of hope for a greater future lies within the nurturing of our youth.
Written by Michael Schnee