Monday, March 27, 2017

Blue Jay: a funny, touching movie about how sad it can be to grow up

Watched a movie recently that I’ve been thinking about even more than Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, even though I thoroughly enjoyed both of those films as well.
It’s called Blue Jay and was written by Mark Duplass, who stars in it with Sarah Paulson.
The plot is spare, and there’s really only two characters: a man and woman who dated as teens, then moved away from their hometown to live separate lives.
The movie begins 20 years later when they run into each other at the grocery store while each has come home for a bit. They’re very awkward at first, but then they begin opening up and remembering how much fun they had together. 
I really enjoyed just watching them interacting and waiting to find out why they ever broke up, which the movie takes its time in revealing.
A warning: the movie could serve as a heartbreaking reminder of how deeply sad it can be to become an adult. But it’s an admirable piece of work and a fun time, especially if you like both actors and you were in high school in the early 1990s.
Need another plus? You can stream it on Netflix!