Short Term 12 review
This is the second film I have watched featuring Brie Larson this year. Unsurprisingly, she is winning accolades and rewards for her performance in The Room. I was late viewing “The Room” (watched on Amazon Prime) and am pleasantly surprised by this other Brie Larson film, Short Term 12. It was good enough to watch twice, and life doesn’t always provide an opportunity for this kind of indulgence, nor do many films warrant a second viewing right after viewing it the first time. Short Term 12 is now my favorite film this year and is likely to go to the top 5 of all time. The supporting cast for Short Term 12, an ensemble cast of mostly young actors, was excellent to a person. A standout performance is actress, Kaitlyn Dever. Now today we update this article to feature videos with scenes from Kaitlyn Dever based on the BBC 1 interview with our favorite host, Ali Plumb with Kaitlyn Dever and Will Poulter.
“The second feature by Destin Daniel Cretton, set in and around an intake facility for evaluating troubled teens, looks closely at its fascinating characters to get at the notion of the character itself. The story centers on Grace (Brie Larson) and Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.), two young adults who are day-to-day, hands-on guardians. Their ill-defined jobs entail everything from physical restraint and police-like snooping to quasi-therapeutic interventions—and even seriocomic pursuits, through city streets, of youths who slip past the gate. The teens in their care fit a familiar, tightly defined array of ethnicities and personalities. Still, Cretton—who worked in such a facility—narrowly skirts the risk of stereotyping through the force of imagination. His dialogue is wondrously energized, suggesting impulses and experiences that range far beyond the confines of the plot’s problems, and Grace and Mason—a droll and sensible couple whose relationship is tested by their work—remain passionately loose-ended and casual, embodying the rare ideal of peaceful people you’d follow into battle. Subtly inverting the story’s point of view, Cretton sees his protagonists through the eyes of the teens and gets to the ineffable core of trust.”
Brie Larson and Destin Cretton on Short Term 12 | Film4 Interview Special
Star Brie Larson and director Destin Daniel Cretton talk about making Short Term 12, an acclaimed indie drama about children in foster care and the adults who look after them.
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