I volunteered to write a review of the film Faraway after my producer friend, Maria, put out a call for such (yes, part of the job of producer is to drum up a little publicity for one’s works, even if it is one reviewer at a time – that’s Hollywood for ya).
Photo via Faraway-Film.com
Sometimes, reviewing a work of art (and movies certainly qualify as such) can be a little difficult when a known associate is personally involved with that art. After all, the true critic should be direct and honest and with little concern for the feelings of those involved with the creation of the art – after all, the critique only concerns the final output, not the efforts (or lack thereof) that went into said art.
All that considered, I really had nothing to worry about when it came to Faraway: it’s a great little film! Not a five star masterpiece, nor a cinematic slice of shared cultural pie, but rather, it is exactly what it sets out to be: a fun little low budget romp of strangers in a strange land, bonding over a wonderful little adventure, and my iTunes reviews said as much:
Faraway is one of those great little low budget adventure movies that is a little rough and uneven in spots, but has its heart – and production values – in the right spot. Sweet and silly at times, engaging and thrilling at others, Faraway delivers lots of fast paced fun, memorably delivered characters, and some effective visuals courtesy of the vibrant settings and lush landscape. Great job by the cast and crew, and major kudos to composer Benedict Nichols – the film has a wonderfully epic score.
Don’t see it, expecting philosophical brilliance or political condemnation, nor hundred million dollar special effects and explosions. No, watch it for the excellent actors working hard and having fun telling a warm and fuzzy, if slightly disjointed, ‘discovery of self’ story.
Four out of five: ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖
Get Faraway from iTunes today!