Wildlife English Movie

Feature Film | 2018 | Drama
Critics:
Paul Dano's directorial debut is a mature, confident and thoughtful portrayal of a family falling apart. Even though it's not exactly the same theme, Wildlife is everything that Boy Erased lacked. Rather than a superficial portrayal of a teenager going through troubled times at the hands of his inconsiderate parents, Dano and his writing (and real life) partner know that emotional wounds go much deeper than the skin.
Oct 28, 2018 By Piyush Chopra

Paul Dano's directorial debut is a mature, confident and thoughtful portrayal of a family falling apart. Even though it's not exactly the same theme, Wildlife is everything that Boy Erased lacked. Rather than a superficial portrayal of a teenager going through troubled times at the hands of his inconsiderate parents, Dano and his writing (and real life) partner know that emotional wounds go much deeper than the skin.


The authenticity of the world constructed around 2 parents and their child feels incredibly lived in and believable. A father who can hardly bring himself to stay in one place for too long, a mother who finally decides to stop living for the men in her life and start living for herself, and a son who is caught between two warring parents and doesn't know how to pick a side: the characters are fleshed out from the very start but as the story progresses and all three's lives begin to unravel, the film goes up a few notches.


All the performances are wonderful but Carey Mulligan steals the show, especially in her drunken "Cha Cha Cha" scene. Dano has made a first film to be proud of and his is certainly the best film of MAMI by the end of Day 2.

Piyush Chopra

   

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