The Painter and the Thief
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Starts out a little cliche but ends up being a pretty decent film.
Subtle, which makes it brilliant. Every school kid should watch this. Every parent should watch this. Every grandparent should watch this. Oh. Right. Everyone should watch this film. You'll learn something about compassion and being different.
A satisfying, beautifully shot film of self acceptance that resists labels. Would recommend.
A complex, sometimes unsettling, sometimes uplifting story that finds a new way to tell a coming of age story with a broad, moving storyline and excellent performances. Unique, moving and exceptional.
Vapid, unfocused (not "complex and nuanced" lmao) and genuinely apparent in its fear of its own subject matter, this feels like the homoerotic teen movie script of Ned Flanders--providing a gosh-darned sexual awakening fantasy without any ding dang diddley doodles to get in the way. As an added bonus, it moves at a glacial pace (to nowhere) and is at least an hour longer than it needs to be. While cocktease Josh Wiggins is pretty to look at, it's Taylor Hickson's character that almost has some depth to it and deserves more screen time--looking very similar to Chloë Grace Moretz from The Miseducation of Cameron Price (2018). Even fledgling queer cinema of the 1990's had more bite than this--so go watch some (psst, Beautiful Thing--1996) and let Giant Little Ones be forgotten as quickly and completely as possible.
There is a realism to 'Giant Little Ones' that feels like it could be anywhere in America. I sympathize with the characters and they are most genuine. The problem is narratively, the ending doesn't make any sense. I didn't buy the third act. This is wonderfully acted. Relative newcomers Josh Wiggins and Darren Mann play lifelong best friends and the catch is there's a modern family vibe. This is mainstream America and the dealings, but there are rarely consequences for actions or realism to those actions. So while the players are real, the stories are so far out that they partially took me out of the movie. All that negative, it's still well-worth watching for the performances and the themes which are rarely covered this well. Final Score: 7.1/10
Don't assume you know what'll happen from the Trailer; this movie is SO much more than that. It'll make you smile, laugh, cry & make your heart swell with love for & with these characters. Very well acted, plus incredibly good cinematography & production.
Perfect movie. Complex and lightweight at the same time. A film about discoveries, about the power of love. One of the best of the year.
Triumph of spirit. Growing up is hard.