1985 (2018)

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A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.


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10 March 2019 | SnoopyStyle
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| static black and white
In 1985, Adrian Lester (Cory Michael Smith) goes home for Christmas to visit his conservative Texas family. He struggles to come out of the closet to his father (Michael Chiklis) and mother (Virginia Madsen). He reconnects with his childhood love Carly (Jamie Chung). He reluctantly tells her about his devastated life in NYC and fears the news surfacing to his beloved younger brother Andrew.

It's a black and white indie. It's reminiscent of a 1985 indie. Its style is static. With B/W, Adrian holding back secrets, and the static shooting style, it does have the sense of sadness and death but it also has a sense of a slow grind. Texas has great visual potential but this is not doing any of that. The problem with holding the secret for so long is that it forces the movie into stall mode. There is a reason why Adrian and Carly together have the best scenes. It would have been better to come out of the closet early and then reveal the darker secret later. With the oppressing black and white, I would have liked some color to accentuate some of the scenes. Overall, there are some compelling scenes but the style is too static.

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