This film definitely has some indie film vibes to it. There was a lot of questions that I had in my head throughout this whole film but the chemistry between the cast members; young and old, was good. Was it a perfect movie? No, not at all. But for Alex's very first film that he directed, wrote, and starred in, it was definitely good. I've seen my fair share of indie films that weren't good at all, even being the said director's first or second time directing.
The chemistry between the cast was phenomenal. You could feel the friendship, the love, everything. Alex did a good job with the cast. Even through some of the tough moments, you could really feel for the characters. Each character, you got to see a small inside of who they were, even if we didn't get to see their whole world like we did with Nick. I seriously can't get over the chemistry through all of it.
There were moments where I wasn't too fond of it, some moments that felt they didn't need to belong or moments where I wanted more. Whether that was Alex's intentions or not, it was still good. It had raw emotions and let you in with who Nick was, even if we never got to meet his mother, you still managed to love and hold onto Nick and even have your own personal moments through it.
The emotions were raw and the acting was amazing. Even through the tough scenes such as ( spoiler ) when Russell was in too far over his head with the drug dealer. Despite the annoyance you felt for Russell before that moment, you still felt anxiety or felt bad for him, though you knew he was in the wrong for what he did and said to the male. The emotions with Nick sharing how he felt with his dad ( spoiler ); it can definitely hit home if you ever lost someone you loved or cared about, you can definitely feel for Nick and make it personal. I cried during that part because that's exactly how I feel with my mother. I wish I could smell her again, hear her laugh, or voice. The pain of knowing you can't have that back, it definitely pulls you in with his emotional response to it because earlier, you saw that he was trying to be tough and not talk about it much with the guys. Raw emotion like that, is hard to portray in a true manner and not in a Hollywood way.
You also got to see the rage and anger from Nick because of the loss of his father and knowing that deep down, Nick knew most were right when it came to his mother, that maybe it wasn't the best thing to do but of course, it's his mother and he's all she had. Also, getting to see Nick going through a spiral with the drugs and the alcohol. You can see that he was heading towards a path of destruction, just as we knew his mother was and his father had gone down.
Anyways, enough of adding on that. This movie wasn't perfect, it was a little slow but it had a thoughtful process and had a way of making you want to keep watching it. As Alex's directorial debut; this movie was and is a true indie film to see. It won't disappoint!
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