Written, directed by and starring Ross Munro, when two former high-school friends reunite after thirty years, it doesn’t take them too long to realise that the past wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The two head out on an evening of reminiscing but get something altogether different, starring: Robert David Duncan, Angie Descalzi, Keilani Elizabeth Rose, Dayana Hernandez, Abby de Forest, Teresa Laverty and Sacha M. Romalo.
You know what you’re getting into with the film as soon as you’ve read its very apt title, Ross Munro’s Mitch is a dedicated talker, who doesn’t seem to let a thought enter his head that isn’t spoken aloud, whether you want to hear it or not. The surprising factor is that the consistent whining manages to avoid becoming irritating until much later into the film, because the character is unusual and slightly eccentric but in a much more muted quality than you usually see which comes across as a naive or clueless charm. Whereas long lost friend Duncan (Robert David Duncan) does not take long to come across as a fairly irritating presence, the obnoxious attitude and a general quality of being in-genuine makes him a not particularly enjoyable character to watch but it is all in service of the film’s plot.
Throughout the film there are several surprising moments, it’s not one thing or another, it’s a combination of clever, awkward, funny, unusual, a little sadness and a lot of whining but perfectly demonstrates the idea of how our memories fail us and nostalgia makes the past always seem better than it really was. The events of the film, behaviour of the characters and the people that they interact with give a quality of intentional randomness, keeping you never quite sure what may happen or why, while they take on an adventure of sorts. There are moments that feel somewhat out of place, mostly when it makes more overt sexual references, mostly due to the fact that sexuality feels like an uncomfortable topic with Mitch’s character.
It’s almost like watching a comedy routine, there are elements of stand-up and theatre to it; built around a character that shouldn’t be terribly likeable and yet you can’t help but sympathise with his relentlessly positive yet negative outlook. The humour doesn’t always land perfectly but it’s a film with a peculiar and offbeat charm, in a midlife crisis adventure.
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