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Like its heroine, "Becks" is unsure and all over the place, lacking a central focus. But like Becks herself, its messiness ultimately draws us in and keeps us watching.
With Becks, directors Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell have crafted an understated musical that really works, thanks to Alyssa Robbins's heartfelt music and standout performances from the cast.
The movie exemplifies how small judgments in pace, performance and soundtrack can transcend modest trappings.
Hall and Suvari have a palpable chemistry, both musically and in their relationship. But despite effective moments, "Becks," like its central character, never finds its footing.
"Becks" is the kind of modest, non-earthshaking indie enterprise that ends up being so satisfying mostly because it's about a character type familiar from real life but all too under-represented at the movies.
Certainly this appealing character-driven musical deserves to find an audience.
The film wears its identity on its sleeve without making it the sole focus of the feature. Instead, the film acts as a lovely and complicated portrait of arrested development.
There isn't a moment in "Becks" that doesn't feel fresh, enriched by the little details that Powell and Rohrbach build into the film.
It's an impressive directorial debut from Powell and Rohrbaugh, who have effectively made the transition from the small screen to the big screen, without compromising on the quality of their writing.
Amidst often awkward reintroductions to her former high school pals, Becks is hanging on, finding herself in this honest, appealing profile that respects the daily struggles of a resilient, but adrift woman.
Skilfully shot and acted, this warm drama is grounded in an earthy sense of authenticity
The Alyssa Robbins music is satisfying.
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