‘Wildlife’

Wildlife_film_posterBeautifully written and performed with a lot to admire, Paul Dano’s first attempt behind the camera is sadly somewhat dull.

It’s all text book stuff – the disintegration of a marriage as seen from the perspective of their young teenage son. Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Nightcrawler) is something of a dreamer, with long-suffering Carey Mulligan (An Education, Suffragette) trying to make the best of things as they move from house to house, state to state. Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes) looks on, bemused.

Static camerawork with an emphasis on 1960s mundane, the nuanced performances (particularly Mulligan) add weight to a minor drama that needed a little more emotional gravitas to help make a connection with its audience.

Rating: 54%

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