Friday October 16th 2009
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS A REVIEW OF A MUMBLECORE FILM. SENSITIVE READERS SHOULD LOOK AWAY NOW.
The year is 2008. The US presidential election is approaching, and Brooklynite Max (played by Sean Bones, who looks more like Ryan Jarman from The Cribs than Ryan Jarman from The Cribs does) is off on a cruise to Jamaica.
Over the next 76 minutes, he… you know… does stuff… and that. It’s mumblecore, deal with it.
It’s not as technically proficient as some other examples of the genre (first time directors Sam Fleischner and Ben Chace can’t yet hang with mumblecore big boys like Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers) and the lead character is weirdly unlikable for most of the movie, but Wah Do Dem crafts something ‘quite special’ out of its Jamaican-documentary-cum-narrative-format and is deffo worth a look.
Arrive five minutes late if you want to miss the crap Norah Jones cameo.