You’d think that I’d be more than ready to watch a documentary about the very talented late actor Heath Ledger, nearly ten years after his untimely passing, but you’d be wrong. His deservedly revered performance in The Dark Knight (2008), remains one of the best character embodiments I’ve ever seen on screen; a performance so perfectly measured and mesmerising that I missed him terribly each time the camera pointed elsewhere.
Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray, I Am Heath Ledger is a new documentary that celebrates Ledger’s life as an actor, artist and icon. Featuring interviews with those who knew him best personally and professionally, I Am Heath Ledger provides an intimate look through Ledger’s own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey…
I know that one day I’ll sit down and watch this documentary. That day will just take a little longer to get here.
Naomi Watts, Emile Hirsch, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Mendelsohn and Brokeback Mountain (2005) director Ang Lee are some of the friends and colleagues featured, along with family.
What I liked most about All Nighter is Xosha Roquemore’s version of a drunk party girl. Director Gavin Wiesen’s, story about a workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who teams up with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to find her is not as fun and entertaining as the films trailer led me to believe.
One of my early thoughts as I watched was ‘This is going nowhere fast.’ A thought soon followed by, ‘All the acting isn’t bad but this film is boring’. Reason being, All Nighter just plods along in a manner that had me failing to care about the whereabouts of the missing daughter (Analeigh Tipton). What made the experience even more underwhelming overall is the easy and relatively obvious explanation for the daughter’s whereabouts.
In conclusion, if you were thinking that All Nighter might be a boys adventure with a splash of the The Hangover (2009) vibe; it’s barely that. More than anything, the film is really about a workaholic father’s friendship with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. If there’s nothing better on and you’re in the mood for an awkward comedy with very few good laughs, then sure, watch it. Otherwise step away, friend.
All Nighter is a new comedy starring J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch and Analeigh Tipton.
Directed by Gavin Wiesen, at the centre of the story is a workaholic father who teams up with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend to try and find her…
Generally, I enjoy Simmons in comedy roles. Though this trailer only has me a little intrigued, My fingers are crossed in hopes that I’ll find Simmons as funny as I did in I Love You, Man (2009), if not more so, of course.