I was wondering while I was watching this, what title I would have given it. And while the title will appear as something a character is saying, the one I used in my summary headline is also working wonders. I wrote so of course I am going to say that right? But let's get into the movie.
Joaquin Phoneix is an incredible actor. And as an uncle he seems to be the one Dude you'd love to have. Even more so for someone like me - having this dream of New York being an awesome city to live or at least experience.
The movie is in black and white by choice, but it's not something that should bother you. It may even help you concentrate on the relationships. The biggest being the one between uncle and nephew, but you also have the sister and her husband. And how they relate to each other ... the most important thing though: how kids or young adults are viewing the world.
This really may be able to make you dream again - to make you question certain things that you may not have questioned before. Not in a conspiracy kind of way - but out of curiosity. Why can't we spread more love amongst each other? And other things that might entirely go along with your moral views (hopefully). I know one of the kids really hit the spot with their quote.
It is hard to describe this other than tell you it is about life. About overcoming small and big changes ... about trying to make the most of it, while still being respectful to one another. About listening ... oh so much about listening ... trying to absorb as much as possible. And trying to remember what you went through, but also making new memories for yourself. Treat others the way you want to be treated - talk to children like you would to an adult. Be open to them ... let them tell you what to do. Maybe even look up what to do on the internet when there is an issue.
There are so many great things going on here ... and all are done in a subtle yet quite convincing way ... effortless. Maybe the Oscars are getting it right when it comes to best picture nominees after all ...
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Johnny is an emotionally stunted and softspoken radio journalist who travels the country interviewing a variety of kids about their thoughts concerning their world and their future. Then Johnny's saddled with caring for his young nephew Jesse. Jesse brings a new perspective and, as they travel from state to state, effectively turns the emotional tables on Johnny.
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