Blue Jay (2016) Review

Blue Jay is a film that has been on my radar for a while and I’ve been trying to watch it but it kept getting lost in the crowd. Luckily, considering Kyle is the biggest Duplass fan I know, I knew it was going to be a swap sooner rather than later. I’m glad it was because Blue Jay was a beautiful tragic story with a one of the saddest endings I’ve seen that still has me feeling some kind of way a day after watching.

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Blue Jay tells the story of Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson), old high school sweethearts that bump into each other at a supermarket and spend the day together, reminiscing about their past relationship, which brings both fun and sadness as the couple try to come to terms with some of their choices and ultimately what brought their relationship to an end.

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The two lead performances are so naturalistic that I never thought of this movie as having acting. When it comes to Mark Duplass, this is expected. Anytime he acts in a movie, he has this charm and warmness to him that brings a real feeling to any of his characters and this film is no different. The real showstealer here is Sarah Paulson. She is absolutely amazing in this film and I just couldn’t get enough of her back and forth with Duplass and how well they bounced off of each other.

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The tone of the film while sweet for the first hour of it’s brisk 80 minute runtime, always feels like there’s a deep sadness that slowly begins to come to surface and then the final 13 minutes make for the saddest and sudden shift in a movie I’ve ever seen. However, I don’t mean a shift in a bad way, it felt like a real shift in that it was unpredictable and you couldn’t help but wonder how this could of been averted.

The beautiful and consistent word that keeps popping up is real. This film just feels so real. The best way to describe it is like the Netflix TV show, Master of None. Think of that show and how natural and real it feels and just take away the amazing humor for something a lot more tragic and depressing. It’s just an 80 minute episode of that show. I recommend this film but make sure you grab tissues, I’m all out of mine.

Grade: A-

Kyle’s Next Film

Tron Legacy (2010)

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Continuing my monthly birthday series, Here’s one of my all time fav sci-fi films. I remember seeing this movie in theaters and being blown away by it and still to this day, love the visual style and of course the score by Daft Punk being one of my favorite film scores in a film. It is so electronic and unique. If anything Kyle, you will not hate the soundtrack to this film. This acts as a reboot while continuing the story from the first one but the first one isn’t really needed to enjoy this film so enjoy!


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