One and Two is a Story Missing a Story
While Andrew Droz Palermo’s work as a cinematographer for A Ghost Story should be celebrated, the same cannot be said of the directing skills on display in One and Two which is a movie so boring that I couldn’t even find anything to hate about it.* This is a film that shouldn’t be bothered with as the unexplained stuff is never explained, or even hinted at,** the time period is unclear for much of the film, and the ending doesn’t give any clues about the future. The only possible reason to watch this film is to see what Kiernan Shipka and Timothée Chalamet make of their roles.***
The verdict: Skip
Cost: $3.99 via Google Play
Where watched: at home
Consider watching instead:
- The Sixth Sense
- Escape to Witch Mountain
- Star Wars
- You Can Count on Me
- The Savages
- The Skeleton Twins
*I don’t remember the last time I’ve been so bored by a movie.
**We know the kids have powers, we know their father fears these powers, we don’t know where the powers come from, what causes the father to fear, how or if the mother’s illness is connected to the powers, or how that massive wall got built.
***Chalamet gets to emote a lot, which I think he enjoys. Shipka brings her ability to puzzle through and push against things. I quite like this vibe, which was present when she played Sally Draper in Mad Men and I’m curious if this is her thing, or if she does other things in other roles. Perhaps I will check out the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
- Is it worth it to you to watch the movie just for the performances? Why or why not?
- How do you think that wall got built?
- How useful do you think the siblings’ powers would be?
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