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PostHeaderIcon Don McKay Review

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Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for.

Don McKay combines a mystery drama with some thriller and comedy aspects sprinkled in. The film starts off a little slow, but picks up and becomes one strange thriller and that is meant in a good way. After the first major strange event happens in the film it changes the whole tone and as the movie progresses you keep getting the feeling everything is off with the story, and you just aren’t quite sure where it is going. As the story progresses and you start to understand what happened they feed you enough but not too much to keep the film interesting. My only complaint with that is that some of the events in the film are a little too far fetched and you do need to suspend your belief a little to fully enjoy the film.

Thomas Haden Church puts on a good performance as Don McKay, not necessarily for a standout performance, but his facial expressions and reactions to the events that happen bring them to life more. I’ve never really been an Elisabeth Shue fan, but also liked her in the film as she played her role well and there was a certain chemistry with her and Thomas Haden Church. With these types of films the ending usually makes or breaks them and for Don McKay I thought it came off somewhat believable amongst all the strangeness leading up to it. I’d definitely recommend the film to people as it may get overlooked.

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My Rating: 7/10

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Originally posted 2010-04-13 06:47:57.

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PostHeaderIcon Peacock Review

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John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. This might have to do with John’s secret: he has another personality no one knows about, a woman who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts his day. Then, in a moment, everything changes…

Peacock touches on some touchy subjects such as child abuse, cross dressing, prostitution, insanity and more, but with all the heavy topics it was only rated PG-13 which may have hurt some of the effectiveness of the film. You get what happens to the character, but the way its presented isn’t as strong as it could have been. Before I get into more of Peacock’s faults, I’d like to say the acting across the board was well done and brought life to the town of Peacock. Cillian Murphy was especially good as John/Emma and might have even fooled me into thinking they were 2 different people… maybe.

Even with the good acting, Peacock felt lacking in some things such as you need to suspend your belief for quite a few things that I won’t mention to avoid spoilers. Once I accepted things how they were in the film it did keep my attention throughout as I liked the protagonists conflict. However the ending felt really weak and left me the feeling that they could have done so much more with it. The ending resolved some conflicts, but left a lot of things unanswered and some people may feel ripped off. Peacock was a good film, but lacked too much to turn into a great film.

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My Rating: 6/10

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Originally posted 2010-04-14 17:19:49.

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