I am pleased ('cause it pleases me, son) to step up to bat for PATTI CAKE$. Is this hackneyed terrain? Of course. I don't believe for a moment you didn't know it would be going in. I knew it. Geremy Jasper knew it. So what's the point? Dream inclusivity. Let's share the right kinds of eminently-shareable dreams. This is for anybody on the outs. It is winningly loose and it is about people. I liked the people.
As real as a broken leg, hotter than summertime, and sicker than an overcrowded hospital, Patti Cake$ is destined to be the unseen crowd-pleaser to end the summer. Released in a year with several films boasting tremendous female leads, the film commits to letting Danielle MacDonald shred the glamour and give us a character we root for because we see her drive and hustle occur in every scene.
One of the buzzed films of Sundance '17 failed to find an audience on release but begs to be discovered. The set up is certainly nothing new but the committed performances are pretty stellar. Danielle MacDonald is brilliant here as the title character though the heartbreaking turn is by Bridget Everett as her mother. 'The world is yours...'
5.5/10. I wanted to like PATTI CAKE$ more. The film does feature a cast of very likable, quirky characters, but unfortunately the overly conventional plot does them a great disservice. The climactic moment in particular feels too neat and too fake.
2.5 - I'm neither a hater nor a believer, but it is pretty disappointing when you've got this kind of wonderful cast of misfits and put them in a script where you can guess exactly what's going to happen 90% of the time, beat by freaking robert mckee beat and that is frustrating as hell. But I enjoyed the ride and Danielle Macdonald needs to get on everyone's radar.
The beginning of the film is a bit slow and drags along but the film ends on a high fortunately. It was good to see this girl from a tough upbringing and life succeed after nearly giving up on her dreams. She is a very talented rap singer and I am glad she got the recognition she deserves in the end. Inspiring story.