jan7ww.jpg

Wilby Wonderful on TMN

Last night I caught Wilby Wonderful on TMN, and finally got over my disappointment (yes, I'm the only one) in the it'll-make-you-cry Oscar contender Brokeback Mountain, which I saw on Wednesday.

The film is one of those that I want to describe as 'quintessentially Canadian' - as if that means anything, so let me be more specific. The actors are the loyal Cans who stay here and make our films as well as picking up a bigger paycheck down south - Paul Gross, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, et al. All give subtle and touching performances in a story that carries all the drama of small-town life without falling into overt melodrama or being so tame it becomes pedestrian.

And the whole Brokeback thing - apologies to the excellent Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, who definitely throw down some impressive performances - but it just didn't get me. James Allodi and Callum Keith Rennie, however, had a beautiful, understated but real connection. Their interaction was not the focus of the film - WW is an ensemble piece - but the tension between them was more palpable than all the roughhousing Jake and Heath managed between cartons of cigs and booze.

So, if you find yourself short 12$, stay at home, zap some popcorn, and rekindle your faith in Canadian filmmakers.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Film

You can now audition to be on the next season of Family Feud Canada

Major Toronto street turned into Chicago in the '80s for Neil Patrick Harris movie

Neil Patrick Harris movie shoot shutting down major Toronto street this weekend

Jason Momoa is filming a new movie and shopping in Toronto right now

Dan Levy is channeling his character from Schitt's Creek and living at home in Toronto

Kim's Convenience star shares heartfelt tribute ahead of series finale

Neil Patrick Harris sanitizes his mouth and underwear while quarantining in Toronto

Kim's Convenience spin-off series about Shannon Ross in the works