It’s by no means a perfect movie, and depending on your perspective you may find that either annoying or part of the whole point.
The “recreating movies on the cheap using found objects” part of the plot, which is what drew me in initially, and which seems to be the aspect of the film that’s viralizing it, turns out to not be its most compelling aspect: the film actually has a plot and a perspective and a [somewhat fuzzy] backstory.
Ultimately it’s a story about the virtues of DIY: it posits that a marginal community can come together to make art, and that in doing so it will find purpose and redemption.
If you know me at all, you will realize this hit me straight between the eyes: the world of Be Kind Rewind is the world I seek to cultivate.
Whether or not you will enjoy the film depends on whether you’re looking for another manic School of Rock-like Jack Black comedy (you will be disappointed) or a rough-edged morality tale about the powers of art and self-determination (in which case you may have the occasional tear in your eye).
Be Kind Rewind runs until Sunday at City Cinema.