The thing about seeing a much-buzzed-about film late in its run is that you almost can't help but be set up for disappointment. And that was the case here -- I just didn't find it as spectacularly wonderful as so many people would have me believe. Yes, it was visually fascinating, and yes, there was a very lovely message buried under all that visually fascinating stuff, but that's about it... and "buried" is the key word.
Haley Lu Richardson has become one of those rare actors whose presence in a film is reason enough to make it worth watching -- she's that reliable in both her film choices and her performances. That record remains unbroken with MONTANA STORY, even if the film as a whole was a tad too lethargic and didn't quite live up to expectations (especially insofar as much of the dialogue was concerned -- it just wasn't as moving as the screenwriters probably thought it was.)
So many questions about this film, like....
- How did this attract otherwise and previously respectable actors?
- How is it possible for some of those actors to look as bad as they did?
- How did it get financing?
- Why did no one step up to say it would be downright insulting and insufferable, especially for anyone who's ever had to deal with a loved one with dementia?
And maybe most importantly, WHY DID I STAY FOR THE ENTIRE FILM?? I'll never get that time back.