Permission (Review)

A movie about love, directed by Brian Cranos. We all know how love stories go, but this one adds a new twist to the basic love story. Maybe even more than one twist. Anna (Rebecca Hall) and Will (Dan Stevens) have what seems like a perfect relationship. Their outings are fun, they enjoy each other’s company, and you can probably guess how intercourse goes as well. But one of these days will come the day of the big question and Will is trying to figure out just how is he supposed to say the right things when proposing to Anna. One night, the couple’s close friend Reece (Morgan Specter) points out that their relationship despite going smoothly for years is actually pretty boring and they should try something different. Because people tend to be judgemental of relationships that seemed to have lasted since teenage years. Eventually, they do try something after some fairly awkward dialogue and sex scenes which show the strange contrast these 4 people share together. It all happens one particular night when Anna sends Will a different direction to converse with a musician named Dane (Francois Arnaud). Will on the other hand, seems a bit unsure with what Anna is up to. But soon he finds a newfound associate to affair with himself, a customer named Lydia (Gina Gershon) who just so happens to arrive in his furniture building shop and orders a table.  But they’re not the only ones going through issues. Reece’s boyfriend and Anna’s brother Hale (David Joseph Craig) wants a son of his own after he meets Glenn (Jason Sudeikis) a father who frequently stops at the dog park Hale goes to himself.

The movie seems all over the place with the plot given the multiple storylines, but they’re perfectly tied together. Despite being in 3 different places with different approaches and different moods, all of them focus somehow on the same subject. The characters have a good wide range of variety in their personalities, and while the dialogue exchange is not of the highest caliber, there are funny moments that happen here and there. It’s not really too bad of a movie, it gets quite heartwarming as things slowly advance. In fact it may seem like the majority of the movie is not much of anything, but it all gets properly put into perspective as everything begins to sum up in the end for everyone. An amazing and dramatic film that shows it’s not always the greatest idea to take a chance at doing something different, but it makes for a good memorable moment in your life’s legacy. This film has already been screened at many festivals such as the Whistler Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. With all it’s success, it will be set to premiere in a few select theatres in a few places around Canada. At Carlton theatre in Toronto, The Park Theatre in Vancouver, The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, and Downtown Movie Lounge in Sudbury. If you happen to be anywhere in those locations, I would recommend going out to see this. You don’t need to ask permission to enjoy it.

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