Director: Jeff Nichols
Writer: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Two Arkansas boys discover a boat in a tree and the fugitive hiding on the island (Matthew McConaughey). As they help him selvedge the boat, they become entangled in his plight and learn about love on several levels. Although audiences will expect to see McConaughey get serious as this rough character (chipped tooth, scruffy beard), it’s centered around the boys, who are sweet, earnest and sometimes funny. The story is absorbing, even if it falls apart before it’s over. This is a solid drama with subdued direction and compelling performances.
GAY ANGLE: Even though you have to wait 90 minutes, the shirt finally comes off and it’s worth it.
Almost a decade ago, Shane Carruth created “Primer,” a low-budget sci-fi flick that developed a cult following for its complex ambiguity. This new one has a better quality look, arty even. It’s edited with short cuts to keep it moving. But…the plot is totally obtuse. A man and woman have been part of some kind of enigmatic experiment involving a worm. There’s also a guy who walks around recording sounds and tending to pigs. And “Walden.” If you like to feel hip and love to dig deep for meaning, you’re liable to find it perfect. Otherwise, there’s lots of interesting imagery with no easy payoff.
GAY ANGLE: Carruth also plays the lead and he’s mildly hot.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.