C'mon C'mon - Review (London Film Festival 2021)
The Mundane Becomes Immortal. 4.5 / 5
Directed by Mike Mills.
A documentary filmmaker whose latest project involves gifted children bonds with his smart-yet-sensitive nephew, whose father struggles with bipolar disorder and is in the grips of a manic episode.
The Surprise Film at this year's London Film Festival was Mike Mills' soothing C'mon C'mon.
Such a breath of fresh air, C'mon C'mon stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny, a documentary maker who suddenly has to look after his nephew Jesse, played wonderfully by
Woody Norman. It's this partnership that the film revolves around and their growing friendship becomes a sense of catharsis not only for the characters but for the audience.
Jesse is the soul of the film, outshining everyone else on-screen (including recent Best Actor Phoenix.) Their relationship challenges each other, encouraging honest discussion which pairs beautifully with the questions Johnny is asking the younger generation about themselves and their futures for his work.
There's something so therapeutic about the whole experience. The way the film is edited, using cutaways like you're reminiscing on memories, reading excerpts of literature like short intermissions, and the lack of any colour in the film removes any distractions leaving the audience open for genuine reflection.
There's so much to take away from C'mon C'mon but it's a film that will certainly ruminate with audiences regardless of their thoughts on the final product.