Tuesday, January 31, 2012
So here's my problem with the film and it's a fairly minor problem (fairly major for Charlene), but why sit through a movie that moves from Point A all the way back again to Point A, both points being horrifically bleak. There's an ambiguous ending (a little annoying, actually) that leaves open the idea that Brandon might have changed slightly but that's about it. There is no redemption and almost no hope. There is no character arc. I guess I wouldn't have minded a little more of this movie, an actual presentation of Brandon at least trying to get better, seeking help. This isn't so much because I need happy endings (I don't) but because I think it would be interesting. Otherwise, what are we watching besides pain, brilliantly acted?