Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, IFC Film, Babyteeth.
Milla, a seriously ill teenager falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, her parents’ worst nightmare.
Baby Teeth is one of those films that will have a lasting impression on you. You aren’t sure how to feel during some parts of the movie because the undertone is daring.
It showcases how hard parenting is and can be, but throwing in a terminally ill kid on top of makes it even harder. So the decisions Henry (Ben Mendelsohn) and Anna (Essie Davis) made for their Milla (Eliza Scanlen) aren’t what you would expect to be popular choices. They bet on the idea of fulfilling their kid’s dreams and letting her live life to the fullest during her time on earth.
The score is beautiful throughout. Amanda Brown sets this majestic tone that elevates the film.
The performances from all parties are strong, Eliza Scanlen stands out with a strong performance as the lead. I was emotionally exhausted watching Scanlen in the role of Milla. She did a wonderful job of conveying every layer of emotion that the role needed her too. This was a gut-wrenching performance in which Scanlen showcased she is a star in the making.
Watching Babyteeth, you would never know that this is Shannon Brown’s feature film directorial debut. Her uncharacteristic style in the film, is what makes it work. The film questions the idea of parenthood but does it in a way in which you are trying to understand what YOU would do in this predicament.
There is one scene towards the end of this movie, and it’s Scanlen and Mendelsohn on the beach, it is one of the most gut-wrenching scenes I’ve seen this year. The shot was gorgeous, the score was perfect, the dialogue was small but impactful. Just a beautiful piece of film-making.
Babyteeth is a beautiful story within a unique world of circumstances. It’s at times a hard watch, but overall it’s a solid film.
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