Drenching melodrama, reckless, ravishing. Dolan's style, to some, may seem overheated, flamboyant, baroque, immature, indulgent, extravagant, but it is what it is and what it is, at his keenest moments, is fabulous.
It's bold, brash, and frequently successful, but also repetitive and ultimately arduous. There simply isn't enough story here to justify the inflated running time and, for many, Laurence Anyways will wear out its welcome.
"Laurence Anyways" is a formidable display of French Canadian director Xavier Dolan's prodigious talents, but also a case study of a young talent still finding his way to greatness.He'll get there one day, soon, but this film doesn't quite do it.
It's all too much, really, including its 21/2-hour-plus running time. But it's also engrossing, an ultimately tender story of a transsexual's transformation over 10 years and its effect on him and the people around him.
One can't help but feel that Dolan & Co. go into a bit too much detail re: the changes faced by Laurence...Nonetheless, there has not been as exhaustive (exhausting?) a look into the Trans(gender) experience before.