Monday, 6 June 2011

Duck Season Review

Remember when you were a teenager and you had one of those days with nothing to do?  You'd get really bored trying to find something to do.  Well, that's what this movie is about.  It follows two 14 year old boys who don't know anything about life other than Coca Cola and video games, a 16 year old girl who is entering her experimental phase and an older pizza guy who has missed life.  It is one of those coming of age stories about finding your way.  But it doesn't just follow the path of the younger kids.  The interesting thing about Duck Season is that it also shows that it is never too late to change your path.

Overall, this film is kind of weird.  It seems pretty disjointed and doesn't follow any given path or story like, say, Stand By Me.  It is kind of reminiscent of those artsy films that seem to be just random scenes where you say, "what the f is going on?"  But it doesn't go that far.  In doing the film that way, the film makers really capture what it feels like to be a bored teenager.  There are moments where everyone is just staring off into space and then they get an idea to do something and everything moves forward for a little bit.  It's got some humour, some heartbreak and some confusion.  But it all seems to fit well together.  While it often doesn't seem to have a point, when it is over, you feel like things are resolved and life can move on.

It's hard for me to give a recommendation for this one.  It didn't blow me away but I also did enjoy it.  If you are in the mood for something artsy and not at all preachy, it is worth your 91 minutes.  You can probably find it on NetFlix or in a $5 bargain bin like I did.  If you do, take the time and see it.  But I wouldn't recommend seeking it out.

1 comment:

  1. I find that the final image of a film can really sway my opinion in one direction or another. For me, this film is worth it just for the destination, that final scene that i won't give away here, lest your readers get spoiled by it.