This is a small and intimate film that has certain raw power in it but somehow it just did not connect me emotionally at all.
Director/writer So Yong Kim is director who clearly relies on actors and their performances. Basically the story has loads of potential to become something important but it ends up being flat and even pointless. The story about a selfish young father who does not care anyone or anything else than himself and his rockstar fantasy is asking a lot from us in the audience. Should we care about this man or if he gets his second chance? I myself did not.
While Paul Dano has showed some exceptional talent as an actor in a films like There Will Be Blood and The Good Heart, this is a first film where he is clearly miscast. There are moments when his intentions to create intense portrait of a fragile and damaged soul goes wildly over the top and the end result feels too forced to be nothing special. There is also crucial moments in this film where So Yong Kim aims for pure melodrama but the feelings are just not there.
Oddly the whole film feels aimless, hollow and too muted. This is supposed to be story that touches your heart but i find it to be a disappointment when it comes to emotions. Technically it is an well made work and actually has a nice photography with beautiful and simple milieu. Too bad that Kim never finds a real story worth to tell from here and talk about unsatisfying ending. This is a missed opprtunity.