Director: Motke Dapp
Writer(s): Motke Dapp
Cast: Kristopher Wente, C.J. Perry, Brittany Beland
Synopsis: A man is given the key to endless realities as he tries to open the door to love.
Another Version of You is not only clever in its subject matter, but in its way of presenting itself. Motke Dapp manages to craft a film with such promise that I cannot wait to see where he goes next. The script is strong and the pathos in this movie really begins to affect you with each door opening. With each lock, you feel a longing for wanting Diggsy to reach his destination, a destination that changes over time. The way Depp manages to give each of these characters individual personalities is interesting to see played out on screen. Even though these characters are the same person in each universe, they are their own people.
Led by the absolutely charming and relateable Kristopher Wente. Wente’s performance is layered in strong substance, and with every open door, you can see his heart break just a bit more. His mission changes with each new encounter he makes, and Wente’s ability to portray a sort of confidence in front of what we can tell is a broken man that continues to break is relentlessly strong. I cannot wait to see where his career takes him.
The path to love is not as complicated as Diggsy wants it to be, and Depp does a fantastic job of showing us that what you are longing for might not be what you wanted in the first place. Throughout the film, Diggsy learns what it means to love and to be loved, and this sort of interaction is what begins to shape his character along the way. I do wish there was a time when Diggsy began to regret the decision he made. Once he left his first reality, he never mentioned it unless he was attempting to explain what he was doing. There was no sense of longing to want to just go back that I think could have added some more emotional depth to this story.
Some of the supporting roles are a bit weaker than Wente in the lead, and all of the characters are a bit too quick to believe Diggsy’s story. But, Depp’s heartfelt approach and subtle direction help propel this film. The score was magnificent and the soundtrack was used perfectly in a way to help guide you through the film. This is a strong film from what seems to be a strong filmmaker. Motke Dapp has a very bright future ahead of him.
Ricky: *** out of *****
Dapp screenplay shows someone willing to take a risk and in a world full of un-original content, it was a breathe of fresh air. I feel like we are only scratching the surface with what he is capable of doing. The art of telling a love story has been done so many times in Hollywood, so to get a refreshing new take with an artistic twist was a delight.
Kristopher Wente was a true highlight of this film. We watched him grow as he opened every new door. It’s a very emotionally charged role as you are lost in the idea of love and who he really loves.
Overall. The film was good. I will say at times I felt like we were in a bit of a lull until we go where we were finally going. Wente was a highlight of an otherwise just okay cast. The score in this film stood out, from the moment the movie opened, I knew we were in for a majestic ride via the score.
Dapp has the vision of which we need to build our future of film on.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.
Gwyneth popping up at the last minute puzzled me a bit considering the film’s rules on going back…
I really like this movie.