The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: Directed by Xavier Dolan. With Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon. A decade after the death of an American television star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

“Dolan beautifully creates an incredibly personal u0026amp; poignant, hopeful u0026amp; contemplative movie which in its very essence captures the complexities of the normalcy of peopleu0026#39;s lives, regardless of their remarkablility, status or situation, illustrating how our mistakes can often act as a catalyst to inspire future generations to unburden themselves of the same insecurities. Itu0026#39;s about authenticity, honesty, dignity u0026amp; perseverance in the face of oppression, additionally acting as a wider criticism regarding the intolerance u0026amp; prejudice present within the wider film industry.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is a film which is unafraid to ask a LOT of questions u0026amp; equally, is also bold enough to answer them with an impressive amount of potential original u0026amp; refreshing statements – so I wonu0026#39;t even speculate about all the possible discussions to be had as this review would surely transpire in to a passionately verbose theological seminar.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eUndoubtedly, the pacing of the film is inconsistent u0026amp; the story is messy but this merely reflects the untidiness of events as they unfold; things arenu0026#39;t pristine, nothingu0026#39;s perfect u0026amp; instead of chasing the concept of faultlessnes, The Death u0026amp; Life of John F. Donovan revels in its imperfections: the unapologetically campy cheesiness u0026amp; the overly sentimental ponderous philosophical interactions. None hindered the viewing experience as itu0026#39;s so joyously confident u0026amp; daring.”


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