Tonight I decided to check out "Parker's Anchor" after watching one of a particular actor's past performances. That intrigue brought me here, but I must say the diverse cast on this movie surprised me. I wasn't familiar with this cast--which is of course normal for an indie production--but I must say I was actually fairly wowed at the natural feel of their performances. Very rarely did I feel like pieces were somewhat artificial. In fact, on the other hand, I actually did indeed question whether certain scenes were fully scripted or were completely organic interactions. They really felt real.
My review title says that it feels more "real than Hollywood movies" and that's not to prop up this film erroneously, nor with any coercion of bias. The dialogue was often more natural and realistic than anything you see in typical movies. Character interactions were completely relatable and reminded me of many of my friends here at home. I could absolutely see myself hanging out with any of these cast members--or at least their characters.
The plot was straightforward, but executed well. It falls into line with what real life actually would be, and that's refreshing. Often times, Hollywood movies are so over-the-top that despite the great acting, visuals, or sound (which I'll get to for this movie in a moment), it begs disbelief and skepticism. Yes, they are very enjoyable, but I almost never feel a true connection to the characters unlike this movie.
Connection to characters portrayed by actors and actresses is important and allows the worlds film makers try to craft to become deeper and more intimate with the audience. This is the kind of art I enjoy most: something I can connect to. You get that with this movie more often than not.
The movie is not completely without faults, but I can also say that about movies grossing hundreds of millions of dollars. While I enjoyed pieces of original music in this film (not sure if the music with vocals was original or not, however), it does feel overused. If not overused, then too prominent. While I am nowhere near capable of being a good film critic, I can say my opinion on the music was that it was appropriate at points and distracting at others. This may be in part, but not wholly, because of my limited familiarity with modern filmmaking that has put on immersing music into the visuals. I typically expect them at important inflection points and plot twists and not so much as a standard of the entire movie.
So yes, the over-prominence of music was initially quite distracting, but I wonder if this is an intended art style for this film. Regardless, my mind seemed to tune it down as the movie progressed.
Other than that, the movie had some very humorous moments that also, again, felt completely organic. There's virtually no forced humor in this movie. Thank you for this!
And of course I cannot leave out how much I enjoyed how Krystal's life and relationships evolve from something heartbreaking to something beautiful. The way this was done was great and I felt a sincere empathy for her and her situation.
Overall, I recommend this movie completely and it's really well done!