- Don Ford
Don Reviews "The Only Living Boy In New York"
Most people look back at their early 20’s which is a very important part of their lives. It is the stage when you are finally on your own and you have to start making some big decisions which will literally affect the rest of your life. Looking back at that time, you may say a lot about being “young and stupid”. As times go on, we realize the many life experiences that we have had and see how those years made us more of we have become.
“The Only Living Boy in New York” is the new film directed by Marc Webb (Gifted, Limitless) and stars Callum Turner (Green Room, Tramps), Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, The Heist), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, The Aviator), Cynthia Nixon (Amadeus, The Affair), Debi Mazar (Collateral, The Insider), and Kiersey Clemons (Dope, Neighbors 2). It is the story of Thomas (Turner), a young man with no real direction who has a complicated relationship with Mimi (Clemons). As he strikes up a friendship with a mysterious new neighbor (Bridges), his father and successful publisher, Ethan (Brosnan), does not hide his disappointment in Thomas and wants to motivate him. One night, Thomas finds out his father is having an affair with Johanna (Beckinsale), and although Thomas wants to confront his father about the affair and the damage it would cause his mother (Nixon), he can’t get the courage. Thomas then has to try to make all of it make sense.
This film has an independent look and feel, but in a good way. The film shows New York in a good way but it does not exploit the fact. When it comes to the acting, it is good overall. I see no nominations coming up, but it was good. You get what you expect with Bridges and Brosnan. I have to note that Clemmons is an up and comer, but she did a great job and I see big things for her. There was great chemistry between the whole cast. There are some great emotional moments in the film by Brosnan and Clemmons that really impressed me.
When it comes to the plot and storyline, I was truly surprised. I watched the trailer and I saw it was an independent style film, so my bar was a little low. As I watched the film, it started off as how I thought it would, but as the film went on, I really liked the film more and more. The film has a simplistic plot overall, dealing with relationships overall, but it works well. The film is about 90 minutes long overall, but it the right length. The film is not fast paced, but it does not drag at all. The plot has some great twists and turns, especially at the end that I did not see coming that I really enjoyed. I also liked how the film ended. It ended in a good way, but not in the Cinderella fantasy that is all bells and whistles. I really did enjoy this film and it surprised me how much I liked it, and I did not see much that I did not enjoy about it. I will definitely recommend the film as a twilight showing in the theaters.
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