American Fable (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Anne Hamilton
Starring: Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Kip Pardue
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From IFC Midnight
When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family’s silo in order to save their struggling farm, she is forced to choose between saving the man’s life or protecting her family from the consequences of their actions. AMERICAN FABLE is a fairytale thriller set in the 1980s rural Midwest about a courageous girl living in a dark – sometimes magical – world.
American Fable is a visually awesome film that takes place from the point of view of a child. It is such a solid looking film that I’m unsure why it didn’t get the Blu-ray treatment. In the film, we follow around the young character of Gitty. Her family is losing the farm and are getting themselves into some pretty big trouble and Gitty accidentally finds out just how big of a mess they are all getting into. The movie then goes with some young wild eyed wonder as Gitty discovers more and more, but also finds herself visualizing more fantasy like elements to her surroundings. While I primarily review horror and this isn’t a horror film, I will say the fantasy elements are very cool and a welcomed part of the story. The movie finds ways to just pull you in and keep you interested and while it might not be for everyone, I think it is just so well made that nobody will have any trouble finishing it.
Driven by great acting performances across the board, this movie takes place in the 80’s and really feels like a throwback of a film. We have tension and drama, we have a very interesting plot that you just never can be too sure on how it will eventually turn out. I hope eventually this one makes the jump to Blu-ray because I feel it has a lot to offer in an HD format that while you still notice in the standard doesn’t pop like it would in HD. The fantasy side of things gets a bit downplayed I think due to the format, but the movie is still a very solid movie and one I’d highly recommend for anyone who wants to step away from the norm and see something different.
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