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The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

You can say a lot of things about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, but you can’t say filmmaker Xavier Dolan didn’t leave it all on the field. The sprawling drama marks the lauded Canadian filmmaker’s Black 47 first English-language film, and in it he ambitiously attempts to tackle themes of fame, privacy, sexuality, growing up, and of course mothers and sons. It doesn’t really work, and some bits of the film are a total mess, but the shaggy film isn’t entirely without merit. Dolan’s wild ambition, however flawed, is certainly something to behold.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is really three stories in one. There’s a present day story, in which an author and actor named Rupert Turner (played by Ben Schnetzer) recounts his years-long written correspondence The Queen of Fear with a celebrated TV star named John F. Donovan (Kit Harington) to an unimpressed reporter (Thandie Newton); there’s a 2006 story showing the events leading up to Donovan’s premature death at the age of 29; and there’s another 2006 story where 11-year-old Rupert Turner (Jacob Tremblay) idolizes Donovan and begins writing to him, all the while struggling with his relationships at school and with his failed actress mother (Natalie Portman).

Only one of these three stories really works in total, and that’s the one involving Tremblay and Portman. This should’ve been the entire film, as we see a young boy obsessed with a handsome TV star, who’s also Dreigroschenfilm struggling to express his own voice. He gets bullied at school, called “gayboy,” and while he dreams of becoming an actor, his mother is afraid he’ll follow the same path that led her to failure. Tremblay and Portman are both really great, and this story has a lot of heart in it.

Duration: 123 min

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IMDb: 6.1

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