In Your Eyes (2014)
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Critic Reviews for In Your Eyes
The setup never really matures beyond a sentimental teenage fantasy with a TV-caliber climax tacked on ...
At its frequent best ... it provides a potent metaphor for a life-changing relationship, cleverly literalizing the way a new romantic connection can feel like a voice in your head that you never want to stop hearing.
It's not a rousing success, but as a lightweight sketch drawn out to uneven feature-length, it manages to deliver a minor entry in the Whedon canon by keeping its most insightful character-driven ingredients intact.
It's the kind of total miscalculation that can only be cooked up by a writer of real skill and passion, going all in on a spectacularly bad idea.
In Your Eyes manages to make a grounded, effective and honestly moving romance out of a premise that on it's face seems self-consciously novel.
Audience Reviews for In Your Eyes
In your Eyes is a romance, but in the realm of science fiction. Becki and Dylan can see each other even through the other's eyes and feel each other's emotions, etc. -- even though they live at opposite ends of the country. Over the movie, they get to know each other intimately and fall in love. All that I found plausible, but the fairytale ending was stupid.
This is the type of film (I will warn you right off the bat) that will have viewers divided right down the middle as to who likes and dislikes it's premise. Since childhood, Dylan and Rebecca have has odd visions and feelings that they are connected in some way. Through some weird form of life, they are able to see the world through each others eyes, feel what the other is feeling, and communicate as if they are just a phone call away. The way they are able to do this remarkable feat is never once explained or even hinted at, which is the main reason this film will not be for everyone. This will explain why I believe this film works on many levels, and some others not so much. "In Your Eyes" has terrific "chemistry" between Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David, whom are perfectly cast in the leading roles. I place quotations around the word chemistry, because the fact that they are never face to face, you have to buy the fact that they share this incredible connection with one another, or the film will lose you. It does not bother me that the ideal is never explained, but the film could have benefited from a few hints to keep the viewer with an open mind throughout. I was genuinely enthralled from start to finish with this screenplay, as it is charmingly written by Joss Whedon, in probably the most heartfelt thing I have ever seen him pen. The cast, characters, and writing were the big selling point here, and even though there are noticeably low-budget shots, I really admired the cinematography here. The third act will have many mixed feelings from audiences, but I liked how it concluded, even though it does go a little over the top. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed "In Your Eyes," and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to watch a touching story.
This is a little known, hardly talked about independent film that features a female lead and director, with a story by Joss Whedon. It is the second feature for budding production company Bellwether Pictures, which is run by Whedon and his wife Kai Cole. Not many people have seen this film, because immediately after it appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival; it was given a VOD release and little publicity. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/8/in-your-eyes
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