(July 31, 2016) Original
From IMDb: “Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain… and death… to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.”
Poster Rating: C+
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Review: The use of silhouette works, much to the viewer’s surprise. The rest of the generic elements of the design don’t.
Trailer Rating: C+
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Review: We’ve seen many of the types of scenes on display in this trailer in other films. It’s very stately at times and confusing at others, but it has a well-meaning aura that gives it some measure of gravitas.
Meg Ryan’s directorial debut could be a solid Oscar contender if the promise of the premise is on display in the film itself.