Justine movie review - aussieboyreviews
WHAT DRAMATIC LEVEL DOES THE STORY GET TAKEN TO IN JUSTINE?
Justine is a weak, average and poor film that gets quite dramatic, but isn’t appealing. Despite a focus on depression and friendship, several elements can still ruin this unoriginal drama.
A depressed single mother who is forced to move in with her father-in-law with her kids after the death of her husband, takes a job as caretaker to a young girl with spina bifida. The two begin to develop a friendship as they learn they have a lot in common.
Director: Stephanie Turner
Cast: Stephanie Turner, Darby Stanchfield, Glynn Turman, Christine Ko, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Daisy Prescott
Writer: Stephanie Turner
Release Date (Australia): 13 March 2020
Runtime: 106 minutes/1h 46m
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains themes of grief and depression.
The film contains several uses of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “bitches” and “n****r”.
The film includes lengthy scene in which a woman is depicted hugging a pillow and implicitly masturbating.
NR (Not Rated)
The aussie boy's thoughts
Stephanie Turner portrays an illogical character who’s too difficult to properly connect with, but at least her performance is slightly better than the stereotypically tedious plot itself. If you reckon you’ve viewed enough dramas about relationship struggles and dramatic characters, that’s all Justine really is, so just avoid it.
Whilst the performances may be faintly strong, most of the characters are just plain foolish and certainly aren’t attachable. The characters will just anger and bore you, leaving you in frustrating disappointment. The acting can’t even save how visually hideous the whole movie is. It was honestly a great idea to have the camera moving around frequently and focusing on certain subjects, but it got to the point where it appeared as if there weren’t any tripod to sit the camera on and move clearly.
Justine is also a very noticeably independent film. That’s always due to the quality, but the storyline of an unexpected friendship between two struggling characters is so average, predictable and completely unoriginal. Those calling the film a divine must-watch or a heartfelt tale clearly haven’t seen many of these kinds of movies. If it sounds appealing to you, it probably will be, but Justine is just an unfortunate bore-fest.
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