...and it's a flawless gem of a movie, currently ranking at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes! THR: Smart, charming
and endlessly refreshing
. New York Times:
By exploring issues of race and queerness with emotional complexity
, it treats teenagers with the sophistication they deserve.
(...) Wu’s feature debut, “Saving Face” (2005), was one of the rare films to focus on the queer Asian-American experience. Now, “The Half of It” reflects sharpened ideas
and a honed directorial voice
. Screen it!:
Maybe the offering simply caught me at the right moment of wanting some ray of sunshine in our current bleak world, but I loved every minute of it. Funny, charming, heartfelt, and delightful
, it also touches on some deeper thematic material regarding teens, immigrants, and sexual orientation. Vulture:
It’s yet another riff on Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the most overused comic-romantic prototypes of all time, but it’s so tenderhearted and transporting
, its characters so likable
, that you can’t help but want to give the movie and everyone in it a big hug. (...) We get so involved in the airy perfection of this correspondence and all that it opens up that the duplicity slips away and the human connection becomes downright metaphysical, a precocious teen’s dream of a better world
. As filmed by Wu, the screen lights up with ornate words, pictures, and text messages, all of it contributing to a kind of dream life, one where these people’s words help transcend their mundane, dead-end milieu. ( Collapse ) Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7How did you like it?