If you see Willem Dafoe, you get the movie. Dafoe’s worst films are better than 95% of what Hollywood craps out.
Bonus, this film is an experience mostly told from the kids’ POV. It’s a trip, and while not solely confined to the feral gang of Florida motel brats, enough of the story is set in their world that this is a must-see.
My thoughts began to wander somewhere near the middle, but the movie caught a plot eventually. The ending saves it. The little girl in the lead, Moonee, is so charismatic and carefree that you have to follow along.
This is life on the bottom in the shadow of Disneyworld. With a constant influx of tourists and low-lifes, the motel carries a sense of imminent danger to the small children stranded there.
Moonee’s mother Hailey is a mess with anger issues and no job prospects. Her life spirals downward, while the kids endure as kids do.
When Moonee’s run reaches its end, and she breaks down it is jaw-dropping, steeped with primitive intensity, and so true. I’m so glad I rented this film.
A Satirical Comedy