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This was like finding a hidden gem. Offbeat and original, whimsical, quirky and humorous, Whatever Happened? is a smallish but lovingly made film that deals with relationships of all kinds...boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, sibling/sibling, employer/employee but it's more than that. There's a bit of magic thrown in besides, and best of all I felt better after watching it.
Of course it's dated - it's an anti-Nazi, pro-Soviet (actually Ukraine) film made during the height of WWII. But the actors are top notch and the music's by Aaron Copeland and the writer was Lillian Hellman and the cinematographer James Wong Howe. I hate to say "How bad can it be?" because some smart-ass always has the answer. But seriously, how bad can it be? .
A catharsis for LaBeouf, one hopes, or at least an excuse for some of his own behavior. There's no fun for the viewer in this 90 minute downer, just a passive witnessing of bad parenting and child abuse.
All questions and no answers makes for a less-than-satisfying plot. (It's always a Red Flag when the writer and director are the same person.) Someone set out to be both weird and repulsive and succeeded in making a film that's both of those things, but little more.
Mostly riveting though last half hour seemed rushed and disappointingly chaotic..