Pretty great portrayal of a family going through the transitions of a parent undergoing a discovery of being transgender. Realistic look at how it affects everyone. Great performances and writing as well. Although I wanted to kick that kid in the butt for making such dumb choices, that's the way life goes sometimes.
This film has two distinct stories; one works, and the other does not. The scenes revolving around James' gender transformation work wonderfully, handled with honesty and emotional intimacy (and enhanced by Del Herbert-James' moving performance). It's in Billie's scenes where the film comes undone: while frankly depicted, these scenes feel emotionally distant and pointless, until some forced exposition at the end.
I tried to get into this movie but failed. imagine being transgender is really tough and people face issues with intolerant people.But in this film (or at least the first 30 minutes) everyone is kind and chill about the father's gender transition. I have a hard time relating to characters who are seemingly without angst or conflict.
hard to say exactly why this was such a disappointment. but despite such a promising set up, the story never grabs you. And the ticking clock just reinforced how much time was left in this slog. It felt like an eternity instead of just 52 weeks. Silver lining: made me appreciate the accomplishment of "Boyhood" more..
By paralleling Billie's transition into adulthood and James's transition to manhood, and by capturing it in a year, this is more significant than either the coming-of-age or LGBTQ film it will likely be reduced to. The specifics are confronted with a special authenticity and non-judgmental attitude, as they almost come secondary to the main point that life is heavily nuanced and constantly changing. Beautiful.
It's a cinematic genius. I personally liked how this tried to make things right at the end (unlike other indies). Forcing its young adult to make the right decisions, because at the end of the day, it really is what we end up thankful for. "52 Tuesdays" was sweet, brave, and wise. It's wonderful. I'm blown away by Tilda Cobham-Hervey's performance, and not to mention her on-screen mum, Del Herbert-Jane's.