My Old School


Documentary / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright89%
IMDb Rating7.510378

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Alan Cumming as Brandon
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1 hr 49 min
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Reviewed by tattoodave160810 / 10

Happiest Days of Your Life

It would've been easy for this documentary to follow the current trend of stitching up it's protagonist, in this case Brandon Lee, and to haul him over the proverbial coals for the duration..

However, Jono McLeod has taken a much fresher approach to this than most people would perhaps have expected.

Rather than be patronised and led in an all too obvious direction, the viewer is trusted to draw their own conclusions from the interviews given throughout, by McLeod, Lee, and their grown up classmates.

And therein lies one of the beautiful things about My Old School. Although the main story is already known, any preconceived notions or views are quickly dispelled, as we're introduced to a variety of Lee's former school chums - some closer to the man during his ruse than others.

It's these former classmates that keep this documentary grounded in reality, as they recall the many, and at times bizarre, encounters with Brandon during their penultimate year at high school.

Another major plus of this documentary is, just when you think you've got the whole story worked out, McLeod reveals another twist or turn. Some coming so far out of left field that you'll wonder just what has happened, and more importantly, why?

The director gently opens the many doors of the story, revealing surprises with an ease that keeps the viewer almost enchanted by Lee's growing deceptions. It's this brilliantly paced, and deliberate, drip feed of information that helps the narrative grow from straightforward, if somewhat bizarre scam, to one of almost Machiavellian proportions.

At times funny and exciting, others sad and poignant, My Old School provides many different and diverse points of view, and gets to what's essentially the untold truth of this 27 year old story.

However, a second watch will be more than intriguing, with the benefit of having all the information to hand, as the story unravels again.

As Lee only granted an audio interview, in a master stroke of genius, he's healthily portrayed on screen by Alan Cumming, who performs Drag Race levels of lip-syncing, and captures the essence of the real life Scottish Walter Mitty whom he was meant to play in a film two decades before.

Reviewed by trinaboice10 / 10

One of the most creative documentaries I've ever seen

IN A NUTSHELL: It's funny, creepy, shocking, and entertaining at the same time.

THINGS I LIKED: I've been a fan of Alan Cumming for many years, so his face on the movie poster caught my eye. I thought it was clever to use him to voice the real person who the story is about. Alan Cumming lip-syncs so well that you don't even realize it's not his voice.

I loved the choice of using animation to show reenactments of events that occurred during the school years.

The music of the band "Orange Juice" is featured in the movie's soundtrack. The lead singer, Edwyn Collins, was also a former student at Bearsden Academy, where the movie takes place. The rest of the soundtrack is really fun too.

The school is somewhat famous because it was a frequent filming location for a sketch comedy show in Scotland called "Chewin the Fat".

It was fun to meet some regular ole chaps from Scotland.

It's the creative telling of the mysterious story that makes this documentary unique and compelling, complete with twists and turns.

We get to see before and after pictures of all the people involved in the true tale. I wondered if we'd ever get to see pictures or videos of the real person this film was about and we do!

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: It's kind of amazing they could film a feature-film length of a movie with this story.

Ultimately, it's a sad story.

Some viewers may find it hard to understand those with thick Scottish accents. Even still, Americans are suckers for accents and will enjoy listening to the charming phrases we don't understand.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: Some mild/Scottish profanity.

Animated portrayal of bullying

THEMES: Surviving high school Memories Truth Time Goals.

You can see my full review on the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel.

Reviewed by ferguson-66 / 10

Scottish conman from Canada, or not

Greetings again from the darkness. The world can be divided into those who dream of going back to their glory days of high school, and those who fight off seizures over the thought. Documentarian Jono McLeod broaches this topic through the story of legendary Scottish conman 'Brandon Lee.' Since this dates back almost 30 years, you may not be familiar with the details, but even if you are, McLeod's film will likely fill in the gaps while serving up firsthand recollections from those who were there.

An early twist is just the beginning of this oddity. Brandon Lee agreed to be interviewed for this documentary, but he refused to appear on camera. So, we hear his voice and his own words, but they are being lip-synched by actor Alan Cumming. The additional talking head interviews are the classmates who attended Bearsden Academy in Glasgow alongside Brandon Lee, as well as an administrator and teachers. The former students reminisce about Brandon's first day at the school as a transfer in 1993. All agree he had an unusual look: gaunt, pale, funny hair, older looking ... these are just some of the descriptions.

Equipped with a backstory, Brandon was exceptionally bright, while not quite fitting in. His goal was to attend medical school, and he informed others that he was from Canada and had been very close to his mother, a renowned opera singer who died in a car crash. Teachers were impressed with his knowledge, and he even excelled in the school's musical production of "South Pacific".

Rather than live action re-enactments, McLeod uses a significant amount of animation to visualize the moments and events discussed by these now-fully-grown former students. This adds to the comical feel of the story and works to distract us from what we really want - photos and video of Brandon in school. The animation even works as a bit of misdirection for how the final act plays out, and what happens when he finally comes clean with who he is and what he's done.

The name is critical to the story. First of all, the name Brandon Lee was all over the news in 1993, as the actor and son of legendary Bruce Lee had only recently been accidentally killed on the set of his film, THE CROW. There is even speculation that he drew the name from Jason Priestley's character on the hit TV show, "Beverly Hills, 90210". And later, when his actual name is revealed, there is a connection that leads to further complications and confusion. Some of the theories tossed around are quite interesting, not the least of which is that Brandon possessed mind control skills and could actually hypnotize people. Whether this a crime of fraud, an elaborate prank, one man's way to achieve his dream, or simply twisted morality, is something you'll have to decide after hearing what Jono McLeod's film has to say ... and McLeod discloses that he was also a student Bearsden Academy.

In theaters on July 22, 2022.

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