#The Farewell (2019) directed by #LuluWang starring #Awkwafina •
My first of 4 cinema visits this week kicks off with the heavily praised film The Farewell, which I mean yeah it looked good, looked different n its from A24 who seem to be the only studio willing to take risks in what they present globally, the newest of the rooster is a Chinese-American film and I literally do not know where to start with it. For a start I found The Farewell a very slow and quiet film, one difficult to get into especially if you're like me n only likes a few "slow" films. It was never particularly engaging, this could've also been down to the characters in the film. None of them were able to connect with me and I'm sorry to say they were all just a bit boring. This is even in the films lead Awkwafina who is such a character in real life, this film and her performance didn't carry any weight, the only saving grace here was the humour she provided. I admit I loved all the gags in the film, surprisingly funny and charming really. Silly family humour which wouldn't have worked in any other type of film. On the contrary the film is brilliantly written, providing a different type of narrative which carries many themes about cultural divide, class, representation and most importantly the inevitably of death and dealing with the forthcoming events in a personal matter. Honestly this is the best part of the film but taking away the writing doesn't leave you much else. For example it's a nicely shot film but the direction is barely unique compared to what else A24 have presented, then the music is abstract and very overpowering. Which would've been completely okay if the film could actually feel empowering n not a drag. Plus this had less than a two hour runtime? How the hell did this come about? Back to the writing though, the film is focused around Billi, who has grown up in America under a different culture to what the rest of her family were brought up with, and she finds out that her Nan has a terminal illness, told she's only got months to live. So naturally Billi is drawn back to reconnected with this lost life she never had under the impression...