C'mon C'mon

C'mon C'mon ★★★★½

Written and directed by Mike Mills, C'mon C'mon delivers a unique angle to the American road movie. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Johnny, a middle-aged radio journalist who interviews kids across the country about how they see the future. He's a proven good listener who's superb at his job; however, his personal life isn't going particularly well. The writing is excellent, as too is Phoenix's performance, but it's arguably the achievement from Woody Norman, as Johnny's nine-year-old nephew, Jesse, that's beyond any preconceived expectations. While the film's focal point remains the tender relationship between Johnny and Jesse, Mills strews the interviews, all conducted with non-actors whose unscripted responses deliver insightful answers on their presumed futures, skillfully throughout the film. Similarly to what the filmmaker accomplished with 20th Century Women, it investigates vulnerable compartments of the heart and mind that are often guarded against others. C'mon C'mon features a harmonising of reality and fiction that heightens its empathy and gives its tone of compassion a sense of authentic buoyancy.