Coming out of the closet is amazing, stupid, scary and magical. Either you have a cheap IKEA closet or a magnificent ebony wood closet, it's always a journey leaving it behind to embrace freedom. Show this to all the kids!
The film is cute: a bit too clunky on the family drama; super-duper soundtrack; lovely colours; and that kiss scene was very steamy... even if Oscar's apathy was bugging me a little. The film could have amped up the volume on a couple of key moments. All the symbolisms and metaphors were a nice touch, but... who the fuck casts Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster?!
Not entirely original, but it's an engaging cinematic experience. Connor Jessup steals the whole damn show with an impressive, visceral, and sexy performance. The musical montages felt like Dolan copycatting (Dolan himself copying Kar-wai) and the body horror felt Cronenberg-esque, but the elements played off each other nicely.
It goes into familiar territory, yet mostly manages to not feel like it's just treading old ground. Really it's ambition of ideas, images and sound pay off. Speaking of sound, it's got an unusual and enjoyable choice of music, and the filmmakers used sound design in cool ways too. Love Connor Jessup for this sort of role, and overall enjoyed this film.
There was some great and even horrowing recurring motifs that played out really perfectly, but the were scattershot between some fairly clichéd (and underexplored) characters and a bad use of a good soundtrack. It's not that I disliked it, it's more that I really wanted to like it more, but just couldn't connect with it. Watch C.R.A.Z.Y. instead.
A very unique and entirely confident film with a kind of confused idea of who it's audience is. It plays like a kids movie with the hamster but the rest of the subject matter is AO. Some beautiful psychedelic sequences hold it together but it relies too heavily on the soundtrack. 2.5 stars