ANY DAY NOW | THE REVIEW

Just WOW, this film was a privilege and a pleasure to watch. I expected little but was excited to see it because it had been forever since I had seen a film with my own kind , the gays, and it was starring Alan Cumming – I love this guy, and while he is amazing on THE GOOD WIFE, he is so much more than that character so was looking forward to this. I caught it with my parental units and all three of us loved it. It is the most moving and powerful film I have seen this year and is a lifetime achievement, powerhouse performance from Cumming. I stand and clap this film in every way. 

 

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REVIEW AUTHORED BY JASON KING

The film is set in the 1970s and is about two men who fall in love at first sight. As Rudy explains “Oh it’s the oldest story in the book… Boy meets girl, boy looses girl, boy kicks open the closet door and finally, meets Mr. Right.” Rudy (Cumming) is a drag queen and the guy who falls for him is Paul (Garret Dillahunt) who happens to be a lawyer. These are two completely different types of people and what draws them to each other is uncertain. But I think it is that Rudy (and Cumming) are just so damn lovable and Rudy is one of the most thoughtful and compassionate people alive and this is where things get them in trouble.

Rudy’s next door neighbour is a junkie whore who really needs to be put down like a Cujo dog, but anyway she mistreats her child and leaves him in an apartment with music blaring and goes out and gets arrested and locked up. Rudy discovers Marco, the child alone in the apartment the next day, and like a lost puppy Marco is immediately looked after by Rudy. Marco has Down Syndrome and no one wants anything to do with him. Child services take him and Marco just walks back to his home, where Rudy, again finds and looks after him. Rudy has so much love for Marco’s plight, that after one blow job with Paul, the lawyer, turns up at his firm and finds a way to get temporary custody of Marco.

 

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And so beginneth a lesson in discrimination and hatred the gays faced during this time. It is horrendous how mistreated gays were treated. The film is about family, compassion, discrimination, gay rights and most of all love. The saddest part about this is that all the judges and courts went out of their way to do everything in their power to not let the gays win in any way and never considered the life and tribulations of what the child, Marco, was going through and that, right there, is another flaw in the civilization we belong to, humanity.

The acting in this film is outstanding, Cumming is phenomenal, it is a perfect role for this man and he looks so much younger than he actually is now, it is the best role of his career as far as I am concerned. He owned every frame of film he was in and my mum kept saying “I can’t believe it is him,” he actually even has some sexiness as a drag queen :). What Rudy did was incredibly brave and compassionate and while Paul supports him in every way and loses as much, he is basically support to Rudy, his crutch in times of sadness. Garret Dillahunt, plays the newly gay, very well, he really is the newly outed lawyer battling with a life of conservatism whereas Rudy is the “fuck ya bitches, I am here” type. I quote Paul “No Rudyisms” (prior to court). They make a great couple and Marco is perfect as their son. The ideal of their family unit is just superb in every way. It was heartbreaking what happened to them. Isaac Leyva is superb as Marco, his smile lights an entire room and his difficult way of showing love is just amazing, he had never really had the chance to love until Rudy and Paul. The entire injustice of this time was that it was a society inbred with hatred of the gays, basically fuck everything else, including the perfect family unit, as long as the gays lose.

 

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I have two negatives about the film, that I can easily overcome and forget. 1) Cummings accent – he is actually Scottish but his accent is all over the place for this film. I do not know if he is trying for a Brooklyn accent but it missed the mark and 2) The wigs – they are bad. Rudy’s actually passes but Paul’s is shit haha.

The support cast of Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Chris Mulkey and Kelli Williams round out a strong lead cast and provide for acting talent everywhere you look. And a win win for this film, the set design, costumes and art direction, will mostly be overlooked because of the drab era of this time in the 70s but the achievement of it in this film is remarkable – it felt like some shitty Hills Street Blues sets and they were perfect.

 

Any Day Now, Film Review, Jason King, Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom, Salty Popcorn Movie Review
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I loved everything about this film, Cumming is the winner, that and Marco’s smile. ANY DAY NOW is out today in selected cinemas (look at Palace for sessions in Sydney or your local art house cinemas). Enjoy this powerful film – as my country bumpkin 70yr old stepdad said “if you do not give this film 5 out of 5 I will be very surprised.” And so I do……………………

 

5 Pops

 

 

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