JOE Review

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[This is a re-post of my Joe review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Joe opens today in limited release.]

After watching Prince Avalanche earlier this year, I hoped that director David Gordon Green would continue with smaller, more intimate stories. With his follow-up, Joe, he has not only built on the palette-cleanser of Prince Avalanche, but also delivered one of his best movies. Featuring tremendous performances from stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan as well as a cast of non-professional actors, Joe is both compassionate towards its characters and non-judgmental towards their actions. It’s a story about men teetering between honest living and losing all restraint with their violent tendencies. Casually and with great subtlety, Green examines not only the inner struggle to maintain control, but also how much responsibility we owe to others and the limits of that responsibility.

Trailer and Poster for David Gordon Green’s JOE Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan

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Lionsgate has released the trailer and poster for David Gordon Green’s new drama, Joe. The overarching plot is about the relationship that forms between the troubled titular character (Nicolas Cage) and an abused teenager (Tye Sheridan), but it’s more of a character-driven piece about two people who are struggling against giving into the violence that pervades their lives. It’s a powerful film, and while I’m flattered that they’ve quoted my review on the poster and in the trailer, I think the trailer goes too deep into the picture, although it does give a good sense of the main theme.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. In case you’re wondering who the old man in the trailer is, it’s Gary Poulter, a late non-actor whose remarkable performance is on par with Cage and Sheridan.  Joe opens in theaters and on VOD on April 11th.

TIFF 2013: JOE Review

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After watching Prince Avalanche earlier this year, I hoped that director David Gordon Green would continue with smaller, more intimate stories.  With his follow-up, Joe, he has not only built on the palette-cleanser of Prince Avalanche, but also delivered one of his best movies.  Featuring tremendous performances from stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan as well as a cast of non-professional actors, Joe is both compassionate towards its characters and non-judgmental towards their actions.  It’s a story about men teetering between honest living and losing all restraint with their violent tendencies. Casually and with great subtlety, Green examines not only the inner struggle to maintain control, but also how much responsibility we owe to others and the limits of that responsibility.

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