Monday, August 10, 2020

Film review: Waves is a heartbreakingly genuine emotional triumph

Trey Edward Shultz has created one of the most distinct, passionate and compelling pictures of the millennium

Search high and low through the glorious cinema greats of the last 10 years, and you’ll find nothing that will crash down over you like Waves.

With this emotional family drama, writer-director Trey Edward Shultz has created one of the most distinct, passionate and compelling pictures of the millennium.

Waves is a journey film — a gather-round aesthetic tale — of young Tyler, played with such grace and pain by Kelvin Harrison Jr. that we forget this is an actor just on the cusp of a career.

As he battles the expectations of his dominant father and endures with the consequences of his teenage, immature actions, we battle right along with him.

All at once, Waves will pull you into the undertow in a sea of love, loss, forgiveness and splinters of hope.

To tell you what happens in Waves is to ruin the experience for you, but Harrison Jr., This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, director Shultz and the unbelievable ensemble carry this film to some incredible heights.

This is one of the most difficult, unabashedly beautiful film experiences of the year, even if the events of the screenplay are nothing but pretty.

To truly be touched by a film is to feel the pain, the love, the heartache and the tender moments, and with Waves, you can’t help but become enveloped in every precious second.

Jordan Parker is a PR professional and journalist in Halifax, and these reviews appear first on his film blog Parker & the Picture Shows.

Related Articles

Digital review: Halifax-shot Spinster boasts wonderful script and winning turn from Chelsea Peretti

Andrea Dorfman’s wonderful romantic-comedy Spinster defies genre tropes to give audiences one of the most unabashedly enjoyable films of 2020. A favourite at last year’s...

Film review: Nicolas Cage goes Primal in jaguar-on-a-boat B-movie delight

Nicolas Cage has long been a laughing stock in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning, once-formidable presence has been relegated to cheap, genre fare for a decade,...

Film review: Target Number One is a formidable feat of Canadian filmmaking

The very first film to release theatrically in Halifax Regional Municipality post-COVID lockdown is one hell of a welcome back for aficionados. Three-arc story Target...

Stay Connected

1,376FansLike
321FollowersFollow
220FollowersFollow

Latest Articles

Digital review: Halifax-shot Spinster boasts wonderful script and winning turn from Chelsea Peretti

Andrea Dorfman’s wonderful romantic-comedy Spinster defies genre tropes to give audiences one of the most unabashedly enjoyable films of 2020. A favourite at last year’s...

20 questions (pandemic edition) with Liliona Quarmyne

During this time of social distancing and dark venues, Halifax Presents continues to check-in with members of our arts community to find out how...

Hello City goes outside by the sea

With the warm summer nights and lockdowns continuing for many live performance venues, Halifax comedy improv troupe Hello City is moving outside. Usually occupied by...

Film review: Nicolas Cage goes Primal in jaguar-on-a-boat B-movie delight

Nicolas Cage has long been a laughing stock in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning, once-formidable presence has been relegated to cheap, genre fare for a decade,...

20 questions (pandemic edition) with Roland Au

During this time of social distancing and dark venues, Halifax Presents continues to check-in with members of our arts community to find out how...