A troubled guy with a poetic soul, Keith Kavanagh, meets an equally troubled girl named Natasha. The two fall in love and move into an apartment together in St. John's. Their relationship implodes due to booze and drugs and Natasha leaves for the mainland (Halifax, Nova Scotia) to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Keith, who has never been off the rock, goes on a dark journey to find her, and also ends up finding himself in the process. Written by
Okay, I'm often in agreement with a lot of ratings that movies get on IMDb, but I can't believe this film only has 4.5 stars. I also just finished reading one of the previous reviews warning potential viewers that they won't be interested in this film if they aren't amused by animals being beaten to death, and the heart of the story is lost from that point forward. I believe that comment is so grossly misrepresenting of Down to the Dirt, that I was moved enough to write my own commentary.
Joel Hynes offers a truly stellar performance, providing the viewers with an endearing, and honest character, that immediately hooks you into his life. Hynes' talent is evident with his intimate understanding (and subsequent 'spot on' portrayal) of the character, offering subtle character traits and developments that are a joy to pick up on. I was even more amazed to learn he had written the original novel that the film later arose from, and this helps explain why he could offer a character that I got so attached to. I can't wait to see what else this talented guy has going on. Mylene Savoie also delivers a great performance, as do pretty much all the other actors and actresses fulfilling the smaller parts.
The setting is another treasure in this movie, with the East Coast of Canada offering a unique and endearing geography that anchors a large part of the character's attitudes and the storyline as a whole.
The beginning of the movie is actually the weakest part of the film, but by the end I didn't want the movie to end. A steady story development guided with some great narration, leads to a progressively engaging film. The performances, on-screen chemistry, and story just get better and better and better.
I had never heard about this movie before picking it up at the store, and I have to say you should definitely SEE THIS FILM! I think that comment about poor animal cruelty humour and a movie with no heart is completely off the mark of the essence behind, and intent of, the story. The rating is vastly misleading too. Down to the Dirt is a gem, and I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?