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Critic Reviews for Canopy
A brave experiment in stripped-down, visceral filmmaking, writer-director Aaron Wilson's World War II drama "Canopy" is ultimately upended by its minimalist conceit.
While not much is said in the Australian director Aaron Wilson's small-scale first feature, "Canopy," the film conveys volumes about war and humanity.
This is a film that eschews epic battle scenes and carnage to delve into the quieter, no less terrifying, moments of waiting and watching.
To the suddenly white-hot adventure subgenre of one or two souls alone against nature... add the more modestly scaled but no less absorbing wartime survival adventure "Canopy."
Much like his fly-boyflyboy underdog in the opening sequence, Wilson simply can't stick the landing.
Audience Reviews for Canopy
A good effort. It's a great story idea that just isn't quite satisfyingly realized despite some very good scenes and moments. The cinematography is often obviously gorgeous but nearly as often horribly compromised by digital cinema presentation that can't adequately reproduce the range of colors and, even more frustratingly, struggles with fog drifting through the dark jungle. Which it does a lot. And which often looks terrible, with a blobs of dark and light shifting about rather than the wafting haze of fog. Very distracting as a persistent reminder that we're watching a video rather than a film. It has the potential, though, to be beautiful. If I ever have the opportunity to see a film print of this movie, I'd jump at the chance.
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