Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Sunday Movie Review - Any Day Now (2012)

Starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillhaunt in the main roles, Any Day Now is a great movie. Well most of it, anyway. I’m not an adept of talking too much about the story of the movie and I won’t start doing so now. In a nutshell, this is the story of two gay men trying to obtain custody of a child suffering from Down's Syndrome in the 1970s. The action takes place in West Hollywood and is inspired by a true story.

The acting is pretty good. Alan Cumming (Rudy) gives out a believable performance, perfectly accompanied by Dillahaunt’s (Paul) ability to complete him. Frances Fisher as Judge Meyerson is a great addition and brings a noticeable contribution to the courtroom setting. Being a big fan of Twin Peaks, I was surprised to see Chris Mulkey (as the despicable homophobic DA Wilson) – surprised in a good way.
But really, the movie is carried by the truly spectacular performance of Isaac Levya who plays the role of Marco, the center of the story. He delivers a superb performance, building up a role which I’m sure will guarantee his future acting career.
From left to right - Paul (Garret Dillahaunt), Marco (Isaac Levya) and Rudy (Alan Cumming).

Moving on to the thing which, in my honest opinion, ruined the movie – the writing. Most of it was acceptable, but there were scenes where it was absolutely excruciating watching good actors trying to pull off bad lines. At times, the dialogues were far-fetched and hard to believe, pulling me out from the overall “feel” of the movie. I wasn't impressed by Alan Cumming’s singing either – I say the movie could’ve done without. But it’s acceptable, given that it’s part of his character and he had to do it.
All in all, Any Day Now is a movie worth watching. But abandon the big expectations before starting to do so. The ending, although predictable, delivers its message in a conclusive and straightforward manner. Again, I applaud the actors and their ability to turn a clumsy script into a good movie.

Director: Travis Fine
Writers: George Arthur Bloom and Travis Fine
Release date: 20 April, 2012
Language: English