Milwaukee Film Fest 2011 has passed the halfway mark entering day 6 of the 11 day festival. Here’s a couple films that screened today.
Like Crazy: One of the most anticipated films of the fest turned out to be a bust. Anton Yelchin (“Fright Night”) and Felicity Jones are a young couple that meets in college. He’s an American and she’s from the UK. Their love blossoms quickly until the ocean seperates them and there’s problems with her visa. Despite the strong, light hearted, passionate start this film becomes a black sheep junior relation to last year’s fantastic “Blue Valentine”. The difference between this and “Blue Valentine” is that despite it’s ambitions thus film does not have a strong enough script nor direction. The film becomes increasingly unpleasant as it continues on. Yelchin and Jones performances save this from being a complete disaster. The film is ultimately depressing and the audience quickly loses interest of what is to become of the two lovers. Director and co-screenwriter Drake Doremus seems to lose interest of his characters too, leading the film to an ambivalent non-ending. Disappointing and extemely dissatisfying. Rating: 2 of 5.
There are no further screenings for “Like Crazy”. IMDB states the release date as October 28, 2011.
Mumbai Diaries: A film from India that is a real festival surprise. Part of the fest’s Passport: India program, this is not a Bollywood film. You won’t find any dance numbers but what you will find is a beautiful story that highlights the class system in India. An Indian-American banker Shai (a stunning Monica Dorga) comes back to India for a sabbatical where she plans to write a couple of papers and take photos. Shai meets an artist with whom she has a quick fling with named Arun (Aamir Khan). She then meets Munna (Prateik), a laundry boy with dreams of being a Bollywood star. Shai is torn between Arun and Munna. The title refers to video diaries that Arun finds in his new apartment. There is not a false note in this beautiful and beautifully realized charmer from India. A lovely film that deserves an audience. Rating: 5 of 5.
Friday, September 30th 4:45 PM Ridge Cinema
Sunday, October 2nd 2:30 PM Oriental Theatre
Official site: http://www.dhobighatfilm.com
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