Digital. It's not an act of politicization like "The Electric Horseman" or narrative lyricism, like Carroll Ballard's stupidly forgotten "The Black Stallion." It's "only" the most solid entry of recent cinema into a classic narrative, with a profoundly fair look at a character who is accompanied without contemplations and much dedication - despite some spurious focus variations. Extraordinary Charlie Plummer.
Fantastic! A beautifully crafted and unapologetic character study of a young boy forced into adulthood. Charlie Plummer out acts everyone in this film and brings a stunning warmth and humanity to the plight of homelessness. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars
An uncannily round view of America--both ugly and beautiful, tender and tough. You may read it as a portrait of masculinity in crisis as viewed by a fledgling young man. Or you can view it as a new kind of Western, at least partially so, and a road film that leaves the viewer plenty of space to roam and ruminate on. The horse is the soul.
Haigh keeps on redefining and building on his own aesthetic with marvelous results, while his talent to direct quietly heart-shattering performances remains as good as ever. Plummer should be a new star. He broke my heart, at least. Incredibly sad, but made with enough intelligence as well as emotional and tonal deftness that it never becomes misery porn.
A quiet, lucidly crafted journey of a teenage boy in search of a home. Andrew Haigh delves into his first US-set story with a powerful look at self-discovery, exploring what it takes to escape your own childhood and explore your own roots under a new light. A coming-of-age drama where its own protagonist - a very mature Charlie Plummer - keeps running after his past affections rather than his own freedom.
Wow this is Depressingville population: 1 16-year-old boy. Lean On Pete is a bit repetitive and I lost interest about an hour into the movie; but it has some solid dramatic moments peppered throughout. Good performance from Charlie Plummer.