Peabody’s review is harsh, but understandable if Savane’s (Solo) performance didn’t convince and win him over. To me, the success of the film largely depends on that, and for me, Savane’s performance worked. The viewer has to believe that Solo is a genuinely human and caring person. His loquaciousness comes out of a love for people, not some juvenile need for attention. That’s why I didn’t mind his intrusion into William’s life.
I agree with Pavel that a lot of these feelings come through the eyes, but I would add the facial expressions as well. I really liked the performance by Savane, and I think it’s worthy of an Oscar nomination.
I’m still not sure about the meaning of the ending though.