THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN: There’s so much personal experience and heart in the movie that it’s hard to be cruel to it. How much you like Dolan going in will likely determine how/if you connect. I didn’t really but know people who will.— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) September 11, 2018
So, Xavier Dolan's movie 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' has finally seen the light of day, as it just premiered at TIFF, and has been getting mostly good reviews. Actual critics (from the French I could pick up) are saying the movie will be divisive given the themes and the way Dolan directs, and they don't seem as fond of it as those at the audience tweeting first reactions.
Looks like the lone standout in this movie is Jacob Tremblay, who of course gave another great performance, so perhaps we got a very young Supporting Actor nominee in the race? 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan', with its star-studded cast (Kit Harington in the title role, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Kathy Bates, etc), still has no release date.
Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is a masterclass in filmmaking & storytelling. This is a hopeful, heartbreaking film abt the gay experience, mother son relationships, our most intimate childhood dreams: critics & popular audiences will love it. #TIFF18— Beatrice V @TIFF18 (@beansproutbea) September 11, 2018
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN is not perfect and feels a tad dated, only because society has moved so forward since the 90s. But it combines the best of what makes Dolan's films so great, and is led by a fantastic performance from Jacob Tremblay. The finale is TREMENDOUS!— CMBYN Mafia (@CMBYNmafia) September 11, 2018
Xavier Dolan brings his usual flare to THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN as a portrait of fame, sexuality, and identity. He creates near-perfect cohesion between the different narratives. The final sequence is everything #TIFF18— Warren Kang (@warjkang) September 11, 2018
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: I mean, it’s definitely Dolan start-to-finish. Filled with melodrama, pop music, families yelling in close up, rich cinematography, etc. His voice/style is still very much there in English. I kinda dig it. #TIFF18— Matt Rorabeck @ #TIFF18 (@mattrorabeck) September 11, 2018
I love love love “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” and can confirm that Jacob Tremblay anchors the film with a moving performance. He’s a phenomenal actor. Oh, and Michael Gambon made me cry. Also, THE MUSIC IS INCREDIBLE. Adele! Green Day! Lifehouse! The Verve!!— Crystal Bell (@crystalbell) September 11, 2018
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN: Xavier Dolan could be an interesting director if he could find a better screenwriter than Xavier Dolan #TIFF18— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) September 11, 2018
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan was incredible. I related to much of Jacob Tremblay’s character and could see myself in him. It has a really unique narrative structure. I hope it gets awards recognition. Everyone was phenomenal, especially Tremblay once again #TIFF18— Adddaaaammmm (@Adamnfilms) September 11, 2018
I did not have a positive reaction to THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN. I’m going to gather my thoughts so that I don’t say anything too mean, but I really didn’t care for it. I love Dolan, but this one was a bit of a mess. #TIFF18— Jesse Taylor @ TIFF (@jesssetaylor) September 11, 2018