So, the movie.
There was so much to like, it's hard to know where to start. The biggest surprise was that each principle actor nailed his moment or two to say what his character believes in. I'm thinking of Lola's dialog about Paris, Gad's "musical epiphany," Lance's "drums and basketball," and Hote's "what makes a good band good" moments. Hote's really a blank slate (or map, tehee) at the beginning of the movie, despite his chest thumping. He's looking for the way forward in his life, and all these characters help him figure it out. Funny, but it's baby Franco who teaches him the most. Way to escape the crib, Hote!
And how about that baby, eh? What a little charmer! A natural actor if I've ever seen one. I chuckled every time he popped up.
Funny was not in short supply. Four of my favorite moments, two scripted, two not:
1) Digs Ven, when Hote buys him a beer: "You're not gay, are you?"
2) The four-way stop scene when Hote is walking from Lola's to Lance's place to get his car;
3) Hote whispering in Gad's ear while Gad meditates: "You're fuckin weird." (Maybe my favorite moment.)
4) Hote, when Lance offers up one too many "Santanic"s: "You seriously need to stop that."
And there were some beautiful shots too. I'm partial to that one of Hote squatting in front of Papago Park, but there were others, including the closing shot. Tres beau!
Some of the flaws of the film are obvious, and from what I gather, easily fixable. Here are the ones I haven't heard mentioned:
1) I felt like the "Two Weeks Earlier" backstory dragged and could be pared down considerably. These scenes went down late in the writing phase, and over-explained just about everything. I blame the writer.
2) The scenes overall felt long. I found myself squeezing my armrest when scenes kept going. Every stroll from car to house/apt. door, for example, could be pared down. The 5/2 version is 100 minutes, but this thing could rip your head off at 80-90.
These are small. The last thing Nico and Co. need right now are 300 voices telling them what to do. Still, those are my two pesos.
If you missed the premiere, there's another showing at ASU this Friday, and it's free!
Thanks a thousandfold to Nico and everyone who made this movie as wonderful and touching and rockin' as it is. Kel and I were chatting about it all the way home.
What did you think? Favorite part? Least favorite?
Yours in laying down the law,
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