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Despite its sense of mission, the film suffers from soapy excesses and narrative disjunctures.
Director Patrik-Ian Polk makes the ending a little too pat, but he makes us root for these characters to be happy, and for their world to be a better place.
Anything that can go wrong, will - often in spectacular fashion.
Essentially a play and two films within a film, Blackbird from writer and director Patrik-Ian Polk cleverly combines race, sexuality, religion and small town values.
Despite what could have been a breakthrough performance for Walker, Blackbird becomes just a well-intentioned melodrama that lacks the focus it needs to truly soar.
Patrik-Ian Polk makes a huge artistic leap with this deeply affecting, funny and original peek at one confused youth's coming out process.
At no point does anyone in the film even vaguely resemble an actual 21st-century teenager; when these kids text each other, it comes across like science fiction.
A gospel-driven cross of Precious and Rent, only set in a sleepy Southern town that time forgot instead of New York City.
The film is, like its main character, too naïve to understand or, at least, to deploy the reparative powers of camp.
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