For Ellen Reviews
Ever since the invention of drama, it has been debated whether or not there could be an excellent performance in a lackluster play or movie. Well, I would like to submit the dramatically uneven "For Ellen" as exhibit A. Again, Paul Dano proves he is one of the best actors of his generation, fully embodying his character. But sadly, Joby is the only show here, as the camera cannot leave him alone for a minute, unlike other characters, thus not allowing for any meaningful perspective on the situation. For example, I would have especially liked to have seen events also from Claire's point of view. That's not to mention a perplexing ending which only serves to muddle the movie's message.
Paul Dano plays the main lead and mostly captures the screen in every scene of the film. He is a struggling rockstar who's personal life is going through crises as he is in between a divorce which he never wanted and a daughter who he hasn't seen for years.
For Ellen is a sad film which covers a very short period of time. It revolves around 3-4 characters, which never have a strong conversation but still the film is very moving. Dano has played a very different role in this, and he completely owned it.
Not the greatest of the films, but still a must watch for indie drama lovers. A great watch.