Friday, August 3, 2012
DVD: Dennis Lee's JESUS HENRY CHRIST
TrustMovies never saw Dennis Lee's famously unre-leased for ages (and then going nearly straight-to-DVD) Fireflies in the Garden, which boasted one of the starrier casts of the decade. Perhaps this is just as well because he came to Lee's new film, JESUS HENRY CHRIST, with few expectations save this one: How can any movie that stars Toni Collette and Michael Sheen not be worth seeing? I am happy to report that it is, and they are.
Jason Spevack (above, bottom right) and Samantha Weinstein (bottom left), who do a bang-up job of portraying gifted children desperate to get a life beyond their "gift."
Frank Moore (above, with Spevack) who plays Collette's father and Spevack's grand-dad. This guy begins as the movie's joke and then slowly deepens his character into an altogether richer and more wonderful thing. This, in fact, is pretty much the direction that the whole movie takes. Like life, it's a joke that -- if we're lucky and try hard -- can be turned perhaps into something quite compelling. Jesus Henry Christ is the kind of movie that almost never becomes a huge theatrical hit. But like a few others of note, it will find its DVD/VOD/streaming audience slowly and, thanks to word-of-mouth, build a faithful following.