Blue Jay (2016)
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If the first hour or so of "Blue Jay" were anywhere near as compelling as its last 15 minutes, the film could have proved quite a special little experience.
A gentle, genuine trip down memory lane that features one of our best actresses in the kind of role she doesn't get to play that often.
It's to the credit of both the movie and its stars that the easy sense of naturalism isn't undone by the eventual revelations. These people are believable, and so are their conversations, and so is their shared past.
Blue Jay is wistful and beautifully acted until the moment Amanda produces an unsent letter from Jim that she has discovered among the piles of old clothes and keepsakes. Nostalgia gives way to melodrama.
Paulson is way overdue for a lead role, and though Blue Jay is minor fare ... it's a great vehicle for her to run up and down the emotional scale without breaking a sweat.
Though the film largely trains on the simple, dialogue-fueled interaction of two people, it feels more spectacular than theatrical, showcasing the acting prowess of two master performers feeding on mutual chemistry and performative bravado.
Audience Reviews for Blue Jay
Bored the living crap out of me. I normally like b&w and indie films but this... who the hell meets up with an ex, spends all day with them while they?ve got groceries going bad in the car and indulges in fantasy sequences and bad rapping. And don't even get me started on the dramatic reveal. Oh please. How many times do we have to watch that storyline.
What is most incredible in this profoundly sensitive, mature drama is that there is no script and the wonderful dialogue is entirely improvised, while Duplass and Paulson have such an amazing chemistry together that everything their characters tell each other sounds so real and painful.
A precious jewel box of a movie. Duplass is very good but Paulson really shines in this improvised two-hander of lost love briefly found and then lost forever,. Very moving and very funny. One of the best movie of 2016 and hardly anyone has seen it. (NF 12-7-16)
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