“Joe” is a drama film presented by Roadside Attractions. It opens in U.S. theatres on April 11, 2014. The movie is directed by David Gordon Green. Its cast members include Nicolas Cage (Joe Ransom), Tye Sheridan (Gary Jones), Gary Poulter (Wade Jones) and Ronnie Gene Blevins (Willie Russell). Read on for the “Joe” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“Joe” Film Synopsis:
“Joe” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel. It is about the life of the ex-convict, hot-tempered Joe Ransom who is trying to live his life by his own rules. He is also a drunkard and he loves gambling. But, everything changes when he meets Gary Jones. Gary is a 15-year-old kid who belongs to a homeless family. His father, Wade, is also a drunkard. Wade would rather beat his son than look for a living.
Joe sees himself through Gary, though it is unlikely for Joe to become a role model to the kid. He then takes Gary with him, and together they would try to find out what life has in store for them in the town of Mississippi.
“Joe” Movie Review:
According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, the top critics in total have given the film an 82% rating. Even though it was a heartwarming film, the critics were divided with their reviews.
Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss emphasized that “Joe” could not just be ignored.
“Rough-hewn and sometimes too garrulous, Joe may not be quite the equal of Green’s earlier films. But it’s nicely judged and, like Joe’s bad dreams, can’t be ignored,” said Corliss in his Time Magazine review.
However, Justin Chang of Variety pointed out the film’s lack of narrative momentum or element of surprise.
Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York cited Green’s attempt for a poetic execution like the elaborate narrations through voice-over and tone-deaf responses between Joe and his short-term girlfriend.
“Green, as is his wont, too often strains for poetic effect through flowery voiceover and tone-deaf interactions-like those between Joe and his latest short-term girlfriend-that undercut the genuineness,” said Uhlich in the Time Out New York report.
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