The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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A decade after the death of an American television star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.


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16 September 2019 | SnobReviews
4
| So much potential and such a messy film.
It's a shame that "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" isn't as good as it should be. A messy, mismatched, and overly long film.

In this drama, years after the death of a TV star, a young man reminisces the written correspondence he shared with the famous actor, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

As much as writer/director Xavier Dolan's latest effort isn't really confusing, it kind of feels like it is. After you're done watching "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan" you feel as if you've spent hours and hours watching this film and it goes nowhere. The film does feature some good performances from the all-star cast but in the end the story is what is at fault here. The film does have a powerful moment which features the song "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse; you wish "The Death And Life Of John F. Donavon" was that great throughout. It could've been a better drama but Dolan's film is just a disappointment.

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