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Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
So the movie starts with a young girl, with her dog, searching in the woods for her grandfather. You learn quite soon that grandpa is not all there, so to speak. You find him sitting in a creek talking to a rock. Then he builds a snowman. In the meantime, granddaughter is still searching and screaming at just about everything. And of course there are wolves in the woods that keep howling and threatening. That is when I turned it off. I had already watched a third of this movie and it was going nowhere.
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
This gentle story starts out as a girl and her dog versus nature film and morphs into a sentimental and moving coming-of-age tale. Sumptuously filmed and lovingly told it is elevated by a young, charming and soulful actress named Isabella Blake-Thomas as the title character. She has the gift of being completely present in every scene and of being a wonderful listener. She's completely captivating and has a lot of Saoirse Ronan about her. The movie's nonlinear structure threw me a bit and there were a few scenes and at least one character I didn't completely understand, but I think it was an effort to suggest Jean's grandfather's dementia. Highly recommended for family audiences.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
Beautiful cinematography and production value, "Jean" shows a different topography of America that is often only seen in iconic landscape photography. With an engaging score and story, this young girl, Jean's (played by Isabella Blake-Thomas) coming of age narrative combined with the grandfather's inner struggles leads to a very dynamic and impressive film.
Added bonus: Lee Majors (known for The Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy)!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
Jean (Isabella Blake-Thomas) shines in the lead role of this film. Her depiction of growth and overcoming obstacles as she journeys through the wilderness to find her grandfather is spectacular. You'll quickly forget she's even acting and find yourself lost in the character. And as for the scenery, one of the most beautiful films I've seen in a long time. The filmmakers did a fantastic job of capturing the majestic setting in which this film is set. A must see.
I had to turn this off after just 20 minutes. Jean's narration in the beginning was depicting such an unrealistic perspective of wildlife. Demonizing so many amazing and important species of our ecosystem. Wolf's are not nearly as vicious as they are making them out to be. Speaking of what she had learned from her, now ill, grandfather was absurd. Why would grandfather teach you to know the symptoms of eating something poisonous but not the blessing of an edible wild berry? And her utterly stupid rambling through the forest and inability to "keep up" with the dog was depicting a totally disempowered girI. A disturbingly inaccurate display of what a true connection with nature provides a human. I couldn't bare to watch anymore, especially with my young daughter. She knows better than Jean and is only 8. Jean is an idiot and I hope no one thinks of wilderness to be anything like they are shown in this ridiculous film. Do not waste your time. There are heaps of incredible wildness film and photography out there to interest you...without the B.S.
This movie is not quite a tear jerker but aimed at ones emotions. The acting is good, the cinematography is good and thankfully the dialog is never overwhelmed by music, pretty rare these days. There are a few DUH points in the flick, snake bite at a time snakes are hibernating is not impossible, but being cold blooded it would have to be moving like sap down a tree. The girl playing Jean has a definite Aussie accent, and the film itself seems to have been filmed there as well. I found it to be a bit strung out, but I would probably feel that way about most films that are not action oriented.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
Isabella Blake-Thomas is a rising star! The character of Jean is an open and vulnerable one and this young actress really nailed her role. I thoroughly enjoyed this touching coming of age tale and was incredibly impressed with the cinematography in this gem of a film. I was lucky to watch this with my young nieces who are about the same age as Jean, and they loved it...so it's family friendly as well! Highly recommend!
This movie was so confusing and hard to follow. The acting wasn’t great and many times the sound/visual quality was awful. There’s a scene where Jean is going to leave the house in search of her grandfather and the scene shakes incredibly bad. There were many times where the sound was distorted as if their lips were pressed against the mic and other times it sounded as if the actors were in a tunnel. Despite that, the scenery in the movie was beautiful.