Review of Mcelwee’s “Bright Leaves”

The director’s first Film Sherman’s March was inspiring as a laid back slice of neurosis.  It was also, it would seem, a landmark of fourth wall destruction.  What a shame that  Mcelwee is such a lame cinematographer because he gets so many chances to set up different scenes in various lighting conditions.  Another problem is his limited vision, this particular movie combined a fairly shallow american anti smoking ethos with a simpleminded muddled ode to his specific family. I get the feeling it was just dumb luck his first film struck a chord and he doesn’t want to risk or is to lazy to try anything new.  I think the audiences are mistaking an absence of voice for intentional ambiguity.

Review of Mcelwee’s “Bright Leaves”

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