On my final day at the Florida Film Festival, I only had two films planned, but they were two films that I was excited for. The first was "Dean", the new film from comedian Demetri Martin. I haven't watched his stand-up specials, but the clips and other appearances of his that I have seen have been funny.
I thought that the writing of this film was really good. It is a romantic dramedy, and the way in which it is presented is rather original. The film has a lot to say about the grieving process, and it is both insightful and funny. The humor of the film had me laughing consistently, harder than I have in a long time. I feel like the quirkiness of the film is almost like that of Wes Anderson or Noah Baumbach. The characters in the film are extremely well-developed, and the plot of the film isn't superficial. Additionally, there are a few spins on the formula of the film that aren't predictable.
The filmmaking aspects of the film are also very impressive. The cinematography is definitely fluid and has some moments that add to the meaning. The score is very well-done. What impressed me most, though, was the film's editing. The premise of the film allows the incorporation of illustrations, and they are often worked in through graphic matches or side-by-side presentation, and it is really innovative. The acting in the film is also great. Demetri Martin nails the lead role, obviously feeling the emotion and nuance of the role. Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, and Rory Scovel all also deliver funny supporting roles.
Overall, I really loved "Dean". It was a hilarious and heartfelt dramedy with great acting and great style. I highly recommend this film, as I think it may become one of my favorites of all time.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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