U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Thematic Elements, Profanity)
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Archie Yates
Falls afoul of tonal inconsistencies which can be especially detrimental in a story with its roots so deeply embedded in an abhorrent historical episode.
Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.
It’s an all-in performance, with Zellweger doing more than merely mimicking Garland.
There’s a point at which the “more of the same” mantra changes to “been there, done that.”
A story as remarkable as that of J.T. LeRoy deserves a more compelling rendition than the one presented in Justin Kelly’s interpretation.