I am a fan of Jason Bateman, and his first directorial effort, "Bad Words", so when "The Family Fang" was recommended to me, I knew that I would check it out, since it would be on VOD soon.
I thought that the film was very well-written. It was enjoyable, and it served as a good commentary on fame and art. I especially liked how the film commented on the willingness of actresses to do more than they are comfortable with for the purpose of artistry, and sometimes a lack thereof. he plot was interesting, and the twist was not fully predictable. The writing did, however, end up feeling a bit rushed, as the part that you expected to be the majority of the storyline only took up about a quarter of the movie. There was a good balance of comedy and drama. The film also did a lot with metaphors and symbolism that I really liked.
The acting of the film was great. Bateman and Kidman had great chemistry as brother and sister, and truly helped to draw me into this world. Kidman was particularly convincing, bringing a perspective similar to that of the audience into the film. Christopher Walken is also a great accent to the two leads, bringing his own comedy and charisma to the screen.
The cinematography was interesting, however not always fitting. There were a few times that a voiceover was explaining something and the image we saw was unrelated to what was happening, such as a tree.
So overall, I really liked "The Family Fang". It was enjoyable and well-made. I ended up buying it, so I will probably end up watching it again, maybe relatively soon. It really made me think deeply about some things, like the true meaning of art. It is definitely worth checking out.
The Family Fang
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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