Monday, February 15, 2016
Indie Film Spotlight - Like Sunday, Like Rain
Film: Like Sunday, Like Rain
Writer/Director: Frank Whaley
Starring: Leighton Meester, Julian Shatkin, Deborah Messing, Billy Joe Armstrong
Short Summary: Struggling musician, Eleanor, and twelve year-old prodigy, Reggie, form an unlikely friendship when Eleanor goes to work as a nanny for Reggie's wealthy parents.
Like Sunday, Like Rain kept popping up in my Netflix suggestions, so I finally decided to give it a whirl. I tend to like stories that feature music and unlikely friendship. I went into this movie expecting it to feature more about musicians playing music. It wasn't that exactly. It does feature some music playing, and there is some lovely music featured in the movie's score. However, for the most part the movie focuses on the unlikely friendship aspect of the story and that is equally as nice to watch. I enjoyed seeing how these to characters of different ages bonded a created a unique friendship. It is a simplistic journey but a pleasant one to watch.
This movie is a bit slow paced. However, because the scenes have a good writing structure and are well edited it still kept my interest. It helped a great deal that the actors are very good. I especially like how they displayed such subtle yet important emotions. The cinematography did a good job at helping to capture those emotions.
Overall I enjoyed this movie. However, I think I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if it had been a book. The pacing in the movie made it like I was watching a short story. I found that wanted to know more about that thoughts of the characters, and I felt that some story-lines could have been explored a bit more. It also is a movie type of movie where everything happens and nothing happens at the same time. I tend to prefer reading stories like that instead of watching them. Despite this feeling I still feel that this is a solid film. I kind of wish it didn't have quite so much bad language in it, because I think that would make it more open for a variety of ages to watch it. Still I would watch Like Sunday, Like Rain more than once. It's a bitter-sweet relaxing type of movie. The world needs movies like that too.