Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Florida Project (2017)

Directed by Sean Baker

Starring Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite

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As a meandering, art-house film set in Florida, this is the new Moonlight. Hardly any story, mostly a shaky camera following some kids around. If that was the goal of the film, well done. But it’s not for me.

Despite the lack of story, the last scene did have some emotion to it. The film successfully established a relationship between mother and daughter, and the movie really had a chance to redeem itself with a meaningful ending, but it fails. The last scene jars us with obviously lower-quality footage (turns out these last scene was shot guerilla-style on the iPhone) and an ambiguous ending that is hardly thought-provoking. Surely, the kids are captured and the mom goes to jail. Is this what we’re supposed to leave the theater thinking about?

Actors are good, especially the trashy Bria Vinaite. Prince is cute as Moonee, and her friends are good as well. Some genuine moments with the kids.

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