Laurence Anyways Reviews
Meet Lawrence. A straight man in a relationship. He tells his girl that he want's to become a woman. He's still straight, but he want's a sex change. That makes him lesbian, kind of.
The girl takes it quite hard. So does he, really, and their relationship is the plot here more or less.
It's lovely shot and it got some great "freak out moments". Scenes that are full of visual blow outs, dreamlike or metaphorical. Fantastic acting by the two leads and a very solid presentation. It's a very long film, nearly three hours. That's too long to be fair, but it's not a boring ride. Powerful, real and kind of important. Imaginative and intense. Rhytmic and intelligent.
My least favorite of the three Dolan flicks I've seen, but still a very solid film. It's very much alike his other films, but they are all interesting and something different.
7 out of 10 pink bricks.
However, the beauty of this film is that it's riddled with powerful moments where Dolan knows exactly what to say and how to say it. Add to that a couple of strong performances and genuine moments of sheer beauty and you have a (somewhat) sophomoric effort that's well worth discovering.
Much of the flamboyance, look and overall style from his first major film, "Heartbeats," is here. To his credit, Dolan pursues a much deeper level of humanity via melodrama in "Laurence Anyways." The film is bold and gushes imagery, music, emotions and ideas. It is an ambitious undertaking for a filmmaker this young.
Xavier Dolan beats the odds and the film works. The problem here is that the movie works "despite" Dolan. The actors give such strong performances and the story is exploring aspects that have sadly never been fully explored until only recently.
It is impossible to dismiss "Laurence Anyways" as it signals the arrival of a potentially important filmmaker. The challenge one faces in truly enjoying the movie is that it is all just too much. Never quite surreal, but then never quite grounded enough to fully "swallow" -- this is a world that is only ever half formed. But a half of Dolan's world offers more than many other's full effort. It is a worthy but flawed film.
VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)