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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.
In the case of Paulson, it is a performance positively overflowing with subtlety, communicating more in small moments than Duplass manages with even the most grandiose of speeches.
Sarah Paulson's great performance and one or two genuinely funny scenes cannot wash out the sour taste of entitlement and the sentimental contentment with the mediocrity laurels that Blue Jay proudly rests on.
A touching movie that understands how time transforms us. [Full review in Portuguese.]
Blue Jay utilizes its simplistic concept to the best of its ability, packing equal parts depth and humanity throughout.
Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson share a palpable chemistry as the former paramours. Their way is natural, grounded, and unflinchingly human.
The film may not stick the landing, but everything before that is special.
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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