Friday, October 9, 2009

Peter and Vandy Reviewed at MovieZeal

Over at MovieZeal you can read my latest review.  It's for the teeny tiny indie film Peter and Vandy.  Overall the film is getting either dissed or dismissed by most critics.  I seem to be one of the few who didn't totally write it off.  Taglined with "a love story told out of order" and debuting at Sundance just hours after the similarly styled (500) Days of Summer, the film has perhaps gotten some unfair criticisms. 

Sure, the film is far from perfect and it seems a bit lazy at times, but Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler make it work in their most lackadaisical way.  A disarming movie - not as hip as (500) Days nor as gut-wrenching as Flannel Pajamas (its two closest relatives) - and if nothing else, a charmingly low rent experimentation in cinematic rhythm.  Ah well, I am used to being off center in my likes and dislikes (the oft-critically-maligned, or at the very least, loved-or-hated - nothing inbetween - Watchmen, Tetro and Antichrist are all on my top ten list for the year).

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