While I was watching Jean-Marc Vallée’s multiple award winning film C.R.A.Z.Y., I found myself thinking, “isn’t this all so last century?”
Okay I know that C.R.A.Z.Y. is set in the last century and the cliché I used in the first paragraph of this review is a tad trite. But honestly, I think I have seen everything that a “coming out” movie can offer. It all seems a bit tired… and belonging to a different era.
This is the 21st century and in this day and age the struggle to come out seems a bit quaint. Sure we live in a world where the only remaining superpower is still a relatively homophobic place and homosexual acts are still illegal in large parts of the planet but in civilization we have all had a major coming out and this story has been told. I don’t know if there is anything new to be gleaned.
C.R.A.Z.Y. doesn’t offer us anything new. It offers us good film making, magnetic screen presences and quality writing, but it doesn’t offer us anything new.
C.R.A.Z.Y. does a good job of masking that this is the story of a young man’s coming out and his reconciliation with his father. The promotional material avoids this all together and the film even tries to deny its own identity occasionally. Maybe this is because the film makers know there is nothing new to this old yarn.
C.R.A.Z.Y. is good solid film making and certainly entertaining but when a film wins as many awards as this and gets the kind of praise this film does you expect a little more. You expect something like you’ve never seen.