Time Out of Mind (2015)
Starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, and Kyra Sedgwick
Directed by Oren Moverman
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Moverman's camera plants itself far away from his main figures at times, causing the audience to feel as if they're peering in on George's life, creating a distance between the viewer and the characters that actually works surprisingly well. As the film progresses, the camera gradually moves in a bit closer. The concept is reminiscent of how most of us would feel around a homeless man -- keeping him at a distance, but, should we get to know him, we may welcome him into our circle with a bit less reticence.
Time Out of Mind is a very slow burn -- too slow at times. The film's first half hour contains very little dialog, simply trying to paint a picture of George's difficult life on the street. While it does a good job of getting across the trials facing the homeless (although it doesn't present solutions or espouse preachiness), the flick grows a bit wearisome at several moments throughout its runtime. A condensing of certain aspects would've done wonders here, but the other Oren Moverman film I've seen -- The Messenger -- carries that same cinematic mindset of moving at a slower pace. The film picks up particularly at the end as George attempts to reconcile his relationship with Maggie, but it's a bit too little too late.
Gere is very good here -- he's in every scene and there's a subtlety he brings to the character that never screams "Pity Me" which I very much appreciated. Malone also makes the most of her two small scenes with Gere and it had me wishing the film would've explored her character in greater detail. She really delivers in her moments and the film brightens in terms of story when she takes the stage. It's these personal moments and connections Gere has with others that bring Time Out of Mind to life and while I appreciate Moverman's attempt here at creating something different, it doesn't work all the time, but it's certainly not a complete disappointment either.
The RyMickey Rating: C+