Kodachrome - 3 Stars
Epic performances and stunning cinematography can’t make the predictable script more enjoyable.
Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.
Director Mark Raso has done a remarkable job with what elements he has to create something quite enjoyable, yet flawed. The screenplay is predictable, there is not one unique element - everything has been done before. It’s actually based of a NY Times article, which obviously has been expanded and humanised. However, Jonathan Tropper hasn’t made the script strong enough or unique enough to be truly riveting.
This is a real shame as the acting is incredible! Jason Sudeikis yet again proves he is capable of a superb dramatic performance. I really hope he continues his work outside of comedy, he really excels. Ed Harris is perfect and also demonstrates his versatility, this is one of his best cinematic performances in years. Elizabeth Olsen is also outstanding, but doesn’t get her deserved screen time. The cinematography and score are also excellent - though it would’ve been nice if it was shot on film given the subject matter.
Overall worth watching for the performances, but don’t expect the script to wow you.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Icon Films