Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
Maybe I'm just a sucker for stories about dreamers set in Los Angeles, but I enjoyed this little drama (which is not a comedy, Netflix!) about a boy being hardened into a man by the pursuit of his dream. It could be because so many other movies like this, such as Whiplash, ratchet up the intensity until it's way over the top; this one is more gentle and pitched at the level of real life, with the exception of Jason Schwartzman's douchebro bank officer, who comes from a more satirical L.A. movie. The ending was a little off (I didn't buy certain characters feeling regret), and the symbolism was a little too overt (a puppy in a cage? a bar called Dreamland?), but on the whole, I really appreciated this. Judging from his debut film, writer-director Robert Schwartzman has more good work ahead of him, and plenty of famous relatives and family friends to star in those future productions too.