FILM REVIEW… WAVES
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges and Renee Elise Goldsberry
Rated MA15+ , 135 minutes
The film Waves traces the life of a suburban family and the hardships that follow after an unexpected loss, Waves is a film that underpins the meaning of loss, love, forgiveness and the unpredictability of life. Waves is a brilliant story that is intense and deeply moving with strong emotive orientations. The film is heavy with sadness, grief, longing, love and constructs a human depiction of what the aftermath of tragedy looks like.
Written and directed by the acclaimed Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a great credit to his excellent film making abilities. The story is complex and portrays the depth of human emotion and the complications that such emotions can have. Trey Edward Shults has skilfully created a remarkable drama that is heartfelt, heavy and yet compassionate. Waves also presents exceptional cinematography by Drew Daniels, whom created unsettling and dizzying scenes through the spinning of the camera and the changes in aspect ratio. The ultimate result is one of incredibly high standard and great quality.
Waves features an award-winning cast starring Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges and Renee Elise Goldsberry. The performance by Kelvin Harrison Jr. is incredible. His ability to transform and become the character ‘Tyler’ is astounding and he delivers a performance that is so close to reality that you are persuaded to follow his journey no matter the circumstance. Taylor Russell delivers a touching performance, and for many parts of the film is the foundation of strength and compassion. Her role as ‘Emily’ was layered, complex and beautiful to watch. She served as a reminder throughout the film that despite tragedy life goes on. Sterling K. Brown and Renee Elise Goldsberry were cast as the parents of ‘Tyler’ and ‘Emily’. Their role in the film was cataclysmic to the events that unfolded and together they delivered an amazing performance that was inspired by true parental love but plagued by rigid discipline and a ‘tiger parenting’ approach. Overall the entirety of the cast for Waves was incredible with exceptional performances all round.
With plenty of unexpected twists and turns the plot is complex and the characters are deep. Waves is the type of film that keeps you on the edge of your seat not knowing what to expect next. All in all, this is a brilliant film that depicts the navigation of love, loss and grief after tragedy.
Available to watch in select cinemas around Brisbane from July 9th