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| Fresh (15)
| Rotten (9)
Ultimately amounts to a visually ambitious tone poem about the none-too-surprising caprices of male adolescence.
Affected and slow, and more concerned with mood than plot, this moony first feature from Michael Johnson uses its Portland, Ore., setting as a canvas for mapping a course from isolation to companionship.
"All the Wilderness" seems tailor-made to play to the actor's strengths - Johnson's script is as lean as Smit-McPhee, both proving adept at doing more with less.
A familiar but insightful debut.
First-time writer/director Michael Johnson falls back on coming-of-age clichés. But overall, his sensitive, moody camerawork and the cast's strong performances go a long way toward making the familiar feel fresh.
Johnson unquestionably has his heart in the right place, but he's made a commonplace film built around one of those too-fragile-for-this-world teens who can be traced directly back to Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People.
Someone ought to get Kodi Smit-McPhee a comedy. A dark one, of course.
All the Wilderness is beautifully shot, with a high-contrast yet dreamy look that perfectly matches the movie as a whole, so kudos to cinematographer Adam Newport-Berra for that.
More like a visual poem than a fully formed exploration of grief, guilt, teen angst or feeling like an outsider
The material is undeniably shopworn, but Johnson's spin on it is low-key and vivid.
As a filmmaker, Johnson has an experimental way with a camera that shows promise for the future.
... too slight and formulaic to have much of an impact.
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