Mission To Lars Reviews
Defo worth a watch.
There isn't a lot to this film it's more the determination of the brother & sister never giving up to get their brother ultimately in front of Lars.
Eventually they do get to meet Lars & that scene & the one that follows is quite touching...it's a small film with a big message.
The appeal here is quite simple, the story of two siblings arranging for their brother to meet his rock god hero is just the framing device for a story about family relationships. Even the few scenes intended to inform the viewer about the condition are provided through the brother and sister expanding their own understanding of what their brother lives with. It makes for compelling viewing, as it is pure voyeurism, an expose of the Spicer family. Although one finds it hard to believe the entire trip went as well as it did here, there is no doubt either that they have really held back in terms of content either.
This unpolished approach to the difficult family interactions allows for two other factors to creep in and to creep in successfully. The first is that the audience is instantly transported into the role of the frustrated sister; we are not viewing her through the fourth wall we are right in the action with her. This in turn feeds the second, the viewer is also anxiously waiting, and the viewer is also worried that Tom will retreat from the situation or that Metallica will cancel everything.
The film is not without its faults; the brother William is an unsympathetic character and thankfully the editor has kept his interaction from behind the camera to a minimum. There's also an attempt at building a narrative bridge before the crescendo of the concert finale through a montage set to Devendra Banhart's "Cripple Crow" which feels at best tacked on, at worst like something from a different film that was edited in by mistake (and I like Devendra Banhart).
At its core is a film that will make most viewers rethink (even just a little) their perceptions of people with autism and the struggle their families must have, a film that will serve as an eloquent reminder of the true human nature that lies within people with autism. However, its uneven tempo and unpolished nature will perhaps rob it of long term appeal or repeat viewings.
It is obvious at the beginning of the film that they both moved to London years ago to pursue careers and hardly ever go to see him and frankly could not give much of a damn about him. Now all of a sudden they come up with an idea to make a film and decide to use him and his disability to make it.
"Heart warming" "Beautiful" are the views of some extremely gullible people as that's what this pair of "Heartless" " ********" wanted everyone to think was happening.
This is my first ever review of anything. I actually watched it about 3 months ago and still feel this strongly about this disgusting film.