BAREFOOT (2014): The Good & Bad Things

Barefoot (2014), Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood
Barefoot (2014), Scott Speedman, Evan Rachel Wood

Barefoot is the story of the ‘black sheep’ of a wealthy family, played by Scott Speedman and the unexpected romance that blossoms after he meets a psychiatric patient portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood.

To get straight to the point, I didn’t find myself connecting enough with the two protagonists. I felt aware the whole time and especially in the beginning that I was watching Evan Rachel Wood playing a psychiatric patient, rather than getting swept into the world of the story.

Directed by Andrew Fleming, Barefoot also stars J.K. Simmons and Kate Burton – Both of whom I adore, but I’m afraid even they couldn’t save the film. Besides a few good songs on the soundtrack, there are minimal notable highlights.

The plot is certainly interesting. Unfortunately it just wasn’t executed particularly well. I’d sooner recommend watching something like Silver Linings Playbook (2012) instead. Like Barefoot, it’s a romantic drama / comedy about two misfits with their own unique problems who end up falling in love – and it’s far more convincing.

Barefoot, only if you really must 🙂

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