A touching poignant drama about a reclusive famous writer who begins mentoring a boy from the Bronx. It's a lovely tale, all about the power words can have over us. It also shows the importance of finding a mentor to impart critical lessons upon someone, at the early stages of their lives or career.
Gus tried to do Good Will Hunting again. But I've never seen a Hollywood movie done by a white person that really gets the hood right. So coming from someone that actually was born and raised in the bronx it's kinda hard for me to get into it for that reason. But I appreciate it for at least trying to paint a different, and more sympathetic picture than what is normally seen, when it is seen.
Really? A 16 year old (ALL 16 year olds are infantile teens with no perspective on how anything in the world really works, let alone how to write good prose) black kid from the Bronx who just happens to be a literary genius, despite the fact that there's nothing in his surroundings that encourages him into reading or anything remotely artistic or intellectual. To find all this silly is surely a sign of racism.
Random symbiotic collision of two unique individuals onto the traverse of finding another family, yet not by blood however by soul and mind. Van Sant's original, attractive stylization of urban fable about family, friendship and allegory to the one of the most contradictory author of the American Literature -J.Salinger. Simply genuine!
The story is predictable & the script is corny (for a film about great writers, it's only satisfactory in its writing) but Van Sant's dynamic filmmaking elevates the proceedings. Harris Savides gritty cinematography adds realist texture for the film. Rob Brown gives a solid performance but it's Connery who kills it here. It's one of his best performances, you get to hear him say, "You're the man now dawg!"
My respect for Gus van Sant deepens with every film of his I watch. I find that I love his mainstream ventures just as much as his smaller, more experimental films. Finding Forrester features great performances, a fantastic script, and shows off van Sant's strikingly unusual, and extraordinarily effective, method of visual storytelling. The film may be an inspirational audience-pleaser, but what's wrong with that?