Directorial debut eases in slowly with simple and attaching Southernized story.
This is â€œBushâ€ country – where city folk arenâ€™t necessarily welcomed and where religion, good values and family are what hold the fort in one piece. Like a gallery exhibit â€“ this is about trying to bring pieces together under one roof, and when youâ€™re an outsider looking in sometimes we find that our peopleâ€™s values arenâ€™t that far-fetched. Junebug is an examination about the â€œmissing piecesâ€, whether it be art paintings for a gallery or the birth of a child to feel whole â€“ there are always lonesome people and things in all necks of the woods.
Rather than make blatant shots at the mannerisms that are found in people of the right, Phil Morrison takes viewers on an outside look that goes inwards – revealing true dysfunctional folk in their natural habitat. While most may be used to dysfunctionality under a Solondz-like guise, here we have a snapshot which is comparably similar to that of filmmaker David Gordon Green – capturing middle America by using actors among real backdrops of landscapes and people. The screenplay provides a solid collection of thought-provoking moments that can only be found when cultures clash and Morrisonâ€™s genuine touch allows for the film and its faulty characters to grow on the viewer.
The cherry on top are the interactions, the miscommunications and the communication breakdowns which are glorified by characters who speak but arenâ€™t really saying anything and by those who are saying one thing but meaning something else. Let us dare not forget to mention the unforgettable performance from one Amy Adams whose does more than steal the Southern Accent, but she charms the dickens out of this screenplay by Angus McLachlan.
This could have easily become a piece of caricatured junk, instead little indie film Junebug comes from the heart and is distilled with a pacing that slowly makes the viewer into a believer. If you like deliberate empty shots, discomfort in the family unit and quirky and honest characters such as in Me and You and Everyone we Know, then this is one of the indie cinemasâ€™ best achievements of the year that should not drop to the bottom of your â€œthings to do listâ€.