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Lullaby (2014) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 31

 Lullaby had such an interesting premise, but it didn’t quite deliver. Directed by Andrew Levitas and starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, and Jessica Brown Findlay, Lullaby revolves around a man (Jenkins) who has been suffering from cancer for the past twelve years. He decides that he wants to be removed from life support within the next twenty-four hours, and his family must come to terms with that fact.

The acting is solid. Hedlund was a likeable, believable lead. His character, Jonathan, was layered and deep. Jenkins is superb as the father. Jessica Brown Findlay was a perfect choice to play the younger sister Karen, who is a huge Daddy’s girl.

The story felt loose and disconnected, though. There were several threads woven throughout the film, and some felt unnecessary. The last thirty minutes of the film cohere into a powerful statement, but the majority of the movie feels aimless.

This was a well-acted movie with a superb premise that didn’t quite reach the emotional depth it was aiming for.

Verdict: 3/5

Lullaby is available to stream on US Netflix


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