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#TIFF2017 Review: Kodachrome


Directed by: Mark Raso
Starring: Jason SudeikisElizabeth OlsenEd Harris 

Maria's Rating - 3.5-01


Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Recently, I was lucky enough to catch a screening of Kodachrome at the Toronto International Film festival this past September. Initially, this wasn’t a film that I had planned to see, but instead kind of came across it by accident. I’m glad I did as I ended up really enjoying it.

What I Liked

Father/son dynamic. This entire film revolves around the relationship between a father and son who haven’t spoken to one another in a number of years. An unexpected situation brings the two together where they are forced to try and reconcile their differences. I really liked the chemistry between Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis. The two worked really well together and I believed in their rocky father/son relationship. They are both able to deliver dry humour at its best.

Witty banter. I loved the dialogue between all three of our main characters. While Elizabeth Olsen’s character was a bit of a miss for me, I think her dialogue was great, especially when interacting with both Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris’ characters. I think the banter between these characters was one of the best aspects of the entire film.

Shot on film. So the movie itself centres around a father and son who are on a mission to reach the last place on Earth that is developing Kodachrome film before it shuts down. Therefore the film heavily mentions shooting with film. What I thought was a nice added touch was that this movie itself was also shot on film. I think that was just a nice added touch.

What I Didn’t Like

Insta-love. While I liked the dialogue and banter between Elizabeth Olsen and Jason Sudeikis, their characters definitely showcased insta-love at its finest. I’m not a fan of insta-love and I much prefer a slow burn, so when I could smell the insta-love from a mile away I was kind of disappointed.

Lack of uniqueness. While this movie had a nice sentimental feel to it, it felt as though I had already seen it. That, or I had at least heard similar stories to this one before. Two family members who haven’t spoken to each other in years are brought together due to unforeseen circumstances and are forced to get along. I mean, the entire film was pretty predictable.

While Kodachrome wasn’t exactly unique or new, I did enjoy the performances by the actors. I think all three of them had great chemistry throughout the entirety of the film.

Thank you for reading!


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