20 December 2016 | tcmce
Interesting Feature Debut
I found this film because I have enjoyed Wilson's novels. Each of his novels features a full, rich, earthy depiction of some town or place in the United States. When I read these books I feel these places and when watching this film, I could feel the town, the river, and the regular people who lived there.
The actors were fine, but a couple of performances were weak. Probably, the acting was the weakest component of the film.
The cinematography was a high point. I think this is where that earthy, tangible feeling for the river town mostly came from.
The music was refreshing and accomplished its purpose. I always enjoy a movie that departs from the standard orchestral score.
I thought the writing was mostly good and the dialog felt natural to me. The story is a good one and heads to places and touches themes that you aren't expecting and in a way that is touching and quite real to me. Some viewers and reviewers may see one character or another as unrealistic, but sometimes that's because you've never met someone like that. To me, the characters are for real. Most of them could easily be someone I know.
I enjoyed this feature debut from writer/producer N. D. Wilson and I find myself looking forward to what he has coming next.