MOON POINT (2011)
Running Time: 85 mins. Rating: 3 1/2 Stars/5 Stars
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Sean Cisterna
Cast: Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati, Kyle Mac, Kristen Gutoskie, Art Hindle
It’s always refreshing to see a local Canadian indie film hit the big screen. MOON POINT is an adorable story about a 24-year-old kid that goes on a crazy journey for a girl he had a crush on as a kid. Although it may be another typical coming-of-age story with long hours with some other crazy cats on the way, it had an authenticity that was very Canadian and hopefully can be appreciated by its fellow peers.
Darryl Strozka (Nick McKinlay) is your typical obnoxious not-so-young teen that still lives at home and resents the whole get a job, a girl and a house thing because it’s ‘conformist.’ He even goes so far to give a lesson on metaphysics with reference to Aristotle in his description of the perfect ‘girl’ Sarah Cherry (Kristen Gutoskie). Don’t worry; the pretentious nonsense doesn’t last forever.
More of the fun actually occurs on the road trip held in a wagon behind Darryl’s best friend Femur (Kyle Mac) that totally souped up his wheelchair to travel an undefined amount of miles just to stalk a hometown local celebrity on her debut film. Besides his deliriously electric good looks, his chemistry with Degrassi girl Kristin (Paula Brancati) is so addictive you just want Darryl to get out of the picture so they can finally wash out that sexual tension flooding the screen.
There’s a lot of crazy that happens throughout the movie that doesn’t exactly need to be there. But I guess MOON POINT is trying to suggest that there are some mysteries in life that tie you together to some things rather than others. I’m a little upset that everything was put together in such a picture-perfect way, removing the authenticity the characters actually created. Usually I don’t want to blame the storyline, but in this case there’s no excuse for trying too hard. For a movie not trying to be perfect, there was way too much perfecting on expressing the moral of the story.
Can you believe that the production for this little journey took only about twelve days? Everyone goes through a journey in life, and you can easily see the journey these characters take with the loose direction of Sean Cisterna. “Sean let the actors let go of themselves,” says actor Matt Hopkins. Watch out for this innkeeper, he beats the crazy karaoke trainer any day.
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