Date watched: Saturday 21st January 2017

Format: Cinema

Year released: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.”

The main reason my husband and I had this movie on our radar was because we knew it was tipped for nominations for movie awards season. Also the trailer made it look like our kind of movie.

There may be spoilers ahead.

Unfortunately, it was such a disappointment.

The cast were brilliant: especially Lucas Hedges as Lee’s nephew Patrick. Based on his performance in the movie (as I cannot recall seeing him in anything else) he has put himself in the running for my vote for the EE Rising Star Award this year, and he’s definitely deserving of his nomination for this. It’s just a shame that this was the only really good thing I found with the movie.

Nothing happened. There’s no point in beating around the bush; I didn’t feel that any character growth occurred during the movie, and the characters were basically in exactly the same places as they were at the start of the movie. It was two hours and seventeen minutes long and there were so many scenes that dragged on for too long where nothing even happened to help move the story along.

Characters were introduced completely unnecessarily and then never seen again for the whole movie – Patrick supposedly had two girlfriends but aside from one scene the only time she’s ever mentioned is when Patrick is reminding his uncle that he “has two girlfriends”.

There were a lot of flashbacks featured, which were intended to show why Lee was such a callous and cold uncle towards his nephew when previously he’d been nothing but friendly. While these flashbacks did this job, they felt very roughly cut into the movie, and very out of place whenever they did occur. My husband and I both thought the movie would have flowed better had it been shown in chronological order. In the way they were inserted into this movie disrupted scenes and just generally made it feel poorly edited together.

I had a lot of enthusiasm for this movie before seeing it, even to the point of tweeting my local Cineworld to ask if we’d be getting it at all because it wasn’t showing upon release weekend. It has been nominated for several Oscars and BAFTAs, but in my opinion it’s just not worthy. The pacing was too slow, and I felt no connection to any of the characters. While the acting was pretty good throughout, it just felt two hours and seventeen minutes too long.

My rating: 4/10