CMON CMON movie review

Woody Norman, Scoot McNairy (L-R)

C’mon C’mon is Raw and Relatable

Artistic films are ones that may or may not get your attention when you see the posters in the theaters. And if it’s in black and white – maybe even less so. Although the black and white format may catch your eye for a bit, it’s not something that we see in the age of over-saturated, pop colors and special effects. But there is still a place for these movies in the market, and while they may not command the attention of bigger block busters, there are still gems in these films.

C’mon C’mon is just one of these films. Following the story of Johnny a young professional who is working on an audio documentary project, he agrees to watch his nephew for a couple of days while his mother is out of town. Inexperienced with dealing with kids, Johnny is taxed to his extreme but the two find a balance, a deep connection and much more as their time together gets extended.

Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Norman (L-R)

The movie is told in almost three parts, the relationship between Johnny and Jesse, the relationship between Johnny and his sister, and the work side. It starts in Detroit where Johnny and his coworker are interviewing young teens about their ideas of the future and what they hope, dream and see happening around them. The kids and teens are actual residents of the cities they are portrayed in and they interview kids in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans. These kids bring to the movie messages of hope, despair, and even moments that will make you have hope for the next generations. These pockets of the story add and move the story along, but don’t detract from the over arching stories being told.

Woody Norman

One thing C’mon C’mon does it take a raw look at the relationship dynamics within a family. It’s not just the nephew-uncle relationship or the brother-sister one. It covers a lot more than that – friendship, loss, caretakers, lost relationships and loves as well as mental disorders. It doesn’t demonize any of the negatives in these relationships, instead shows them as just a moment in time and how these moments help shape future ones. It helps the characters see better through each others situations, rebuild their relationships and even work on building the future together. It is honest, it is emotional and what we all desire relationships with family to be.

A bit artistic, a dash raw and a lot relatable – C’mon C’mon is an interesting look at relationships, family, and the world around us. It will be in theaters on December 3rd and is definitely a movie that will make you look at your own life and relationships a bit differently.

Overall Rating:

Four and a half Star Review

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About C’mon C’mon

Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future, from writer-director Mike Mills.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffman and Woody Norman
Written and directed by Mike Mills
(A24)

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