Come on, come on | Movie Review – The Next One


Come on, come on | Film critic

November 29, 2021


Sitting in a dark room without distractions or interruptions, Joaquin Phoenix expresses his thoughts into a microphone like a poetic recital or therapy session, where all judgment and prejudice is left at the door. In doing so, he questions himself, reflecting on his own personality and ability to deal with certain circumstances as his own abilities are tested every day in the company of his nephew. These moments are a deep form of meditative reflection in and of themselves, but still embody only minor scenes of contemplation in the grandeur of Mike Mill’s dramatic film. Go on! Go on, which on a larger scale is nothing less than a beautiful tapestry of exploration, relationships and understanding.

Johnny (Phoenix) is an audio producer who travels the United States interviewing children from all walks of life and education, asking them what their painting from the future might look like. Unlike those young, dreamy and inspiring subjects, Viv (Gaby Hoffmann) lives in the present, as she struggles on a daily basis to work, raise her son Jesse (Woody Nelson) and manage her decaying marriage to her paranoid and sick husband. . , Paul (Scoot McNairy). When she has to travel to Oakland to support him, Jesse is left under Johnny’s watchful eye, and together the two form an indestructible bond.

Written and directed by Mills, the narrative structure doesn’t particularly go anywhere, but it does just enough, and that’s all that’s needed. Johnny and Viv’s travels simply survive day to day, but as they support each other, they begin to gain a new appreciation for the world. The sheer relativity of each character’s struggles hits harder than you might think thanks to the tone of the film, with a beat and rhythm that is brought to life by the actors.

Phoenix is, unsurprisingly, once again stunning, this time portraying a more vulnerable character with a heartfelt innocence that synthesizes perfectly with the temper of the story. Hoffmann is a triumph and Woody Norman is simply stunning in his performance, once again raising the question: where the hell does Hollywood manage to find these immensely talented pre-teen actors? What makes this film such a charming spectacle is the fusion of these three performances, combined with the thoughtful and emotional dialogue and expressive black and white cinematography.

It’s innocent, it’s pure, it’s all the viewer wants it to be. The powerful use of literature throughout go! Go on injects provocative and thoughtful elements, and the immense emphasis on sentiment moves audiences in unexpected ways. The musical elements of the film, along with the weight given to the audio and the simplicity of the world when all the white noise is extracted, suggests that if we all chose to live in the present, there would be some hope of salvation (something a number of people interviewed in the film express gloriously eloquently). As the points go, one wonders how the void can seem so heavy, but the answer lies as the end credits roll, in the undying love and understanding that’s meant to fill it. Mills really made the best movie of the year.

Guy Lambert

go! Go on released in select cinemas on the 3rde December 2021.

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