I had heard nothing but amazing things about this film, and went in with fairly high expectations. I left Indignation feeling a tad disappointed and wishing the film had been fleshed out more. Indignation is based off of Philip Roth’s novel of the same name, and follows the life of a young man named Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), who has been raised in a Jewish household and is attending a Christian university in the year 1951. The only problem? He’s an atheist, and fights against the religious precedents the college requires he follow. He also falls in love with a beautiful young woman named Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), who has a reputation.
The acting is fantastic, and this is easily one of Logan Lerman’s best performances to date. Sarah Gadon is charming as the troubled Olivia, and the supporting cast add their own unique flavor to the film.
Indignation is a visually gorgeous film, and the atmosphere of the era is perfectly captured. The costume design is on point, and the locations are stunning.
The story left me wanting more, though. I wished that several things, such as Marcus Messner’s atheism and the backstory of Olivia, had been explored further. The film also felt like it was rushed, and the ending left me unsatisfied and craving more.
This is a gorgeous film with a top-notch cast, but the story left me wanting more. Worth a watch if you’re a fan of Philip Roth’s novel or historical fiction, but this film definitely will bore some viewers.
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