C'mon C'mon

C'mon C'mon ★★★★

C’mon, is Joaquin Phoenix the best actor working today or what? I’m not sure there has ever been an actor who varies the types of characters he plays so much. Back in 2012 he gives the greatest performance of his career (and one of the all-time greatest) in The Master. Then the next year he goes and does almost the complete opposite and is still just incredible with Her (2013). Fast Forward 7-9 years, where in 2019 he finally wins an Oscar (among numerous other accolades) with Joker, then his very next feature performance is this. You aren’t going to find more of polar opposite characters than Joker/Arthur Fleck and Johnny in this. One performance that is incredibly loud and complete dominates the screen, then another that is so subtly beautiful that makes you fall in love with the scope of what the film is trying to accomplish. I’m not sure this performance will win him as many awards as the ones listed above, but it is just as deserving.

Alright, enough gushing over Joaquin and his performance. Because there is a lot more to gush over as well (and a thing or two that could’ve been done better). I think that the supporting performances are also very good across the board. Gaby Hoffman won’t get as much praise as the two main male co-stars in Joaquin and Woody Norman (more on him later), but she commanded the screen so well. Her character doesn’t even have any real important scenes with other characters, most of her time spent on the phone. That makes it just that much harder for her to make the impact that she did in this. You feel for her and everything she is going through just as much, if not even more so than our two leads. Meanwhile Woody Norman is just coming right out of the gate, 11 years old, first ever feature performance and going toe to toe with Phoenix. The best scenes of the movie are when they are just there and hanging out together, being bros, or in this case uncle/nephew.

The writing and the direction were both a positive and a negative to me. On the positive side, I thought that this took a story that in most cases would be almost a downer and made this incredibly feel good. You will walk out of this movie feeling good about yourself and the world. On the other side though, I think that the movie had this thing, where we follow Joaquin around doing his job as an interviewer(?). Those scenes felt like they were important, but also like they were a part of a different film. They would somewhat take me out of the movie, but just when he was interviewing the kids. When him and Jesse (Woody Norman) would be using the equipment and interviewing each other, I was all in on those scenes. Also, I’m not too sure that this movie needed to be in black and white. A lot of movies seem to be using that technique and while they all look absolutely gorgeous, I’m not sure each one would be all that much different in color. The Lighthouse in color, a completely different film, but this movie? I’m not too sure how much it changes.

C’mon C’mon will probably be one of the more underseen films that comes out this year. I can 100% guarantee that statement will most likely remain true forever. I mean if tens-hundreds of millions of people are going to see Black Widow, Godzilla V Kong, or even something I liked a little more like The Suicide Squad, then something as good as this should be seen by just as many if not more people. I’m not in a position to demand any one person to watch a movie, watch what you want, but I implore you to put this on a watchlist, watch a trailer, or even just turn on ten minutes or so. I really believe that this is something that, while not perfect could be universally enjoyable and being a rare movie that will make you feel better walking out than you did walking in.