Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | C'mon C'mon
C'mon C'mon (R) Release Date: January 14th, 2022
Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min.
Director: Mike Mills
Genres: Drama
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Norman, Gaby Hoffman, Elaine Kagan
This one is a sleeper but it's a likely contender for the Oscars especially in the acting categories.

In Mike Mills’ captivating reflection on the mysterious byways of cross-generational communication, the character played by Joaquin Phoenix is liberated from that confining box after being thrown together with his unfiltered nephew during a family crisis. In Phoenix’s first feature role since his divisive best actor Oscar win for Joker, it’s amusing to witness him imploring another character — a 9-year-old boy — to be less weird. Phoenix plays Johnny, a New York radio journalist working on a series that takes him and his small team city to city interviewing kids about the uncertainties of what lies ahead: what scares them, what needs to change, what could adults have done to make things better.

This is another warmly personal family affair from Mills, who drew inspiration from his father in Beginners and his mother in the underappreciated 20th Century Women. This time he’s thinking about his own recent experience of becoming a parent, exploring the tricky and maddening but ultimately rewarding challenges of the relationship between children and grown-ups within an imagined family. It’s a wispy yet insightful and emotionally satisfying film, shot with affecting intimacy in pellucid black-and-white by the great Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan, and graced with a shimmering score by brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National that works in tandem with Mills’ eclectic music choices to shape the enveloping mood.

Mills stirs in excerpts from a number of texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that relate to the characters and their relationships in ways that are playful, poetic, even didactic at times, though never banal. C’mon C’mon is more about the cumulative effect of shared, often seemingly inconsequential moments than any dramatic events within the period of its narrative. The relationships are drawn with affection and authenticity.(Excerpted from The Hollywood Reporter, Oscars 2022: A Guide to the Top 30 Movies in the Race)
Bargain show, tickets $6