#Film Review: Netflix’s Kodachrome (2018)

Director: Mark Raso

Rating: 2/5

Kodachrome is a new film on Netflix, and it narrates a predictable story of forgiveness and redemption. I was able to tell what is going to happen, and how the film will end, early at the beginning of the film.

However, the fact the film is predictable does not mean it is entirely not worth watching. The acting is fantastic. Jason Sudeikis (see here) has portrayed Matt, an estranged son of a famous photographer Ben (Ed Harris) fabulously. In other words, his acting was enjoyable in this serious role, as much as it was enjoyable in Horrible Bosses, which remains one of my favourite comedies of all times (1st part in particular, but the second one is good too).

Ed Harris is also very convincing as a dying father, who has spent all his life obsessing with photography, and when the end came close he decided to straighten things up with his son.

When he learns his father is dying, and with some convincing from his friendly nurse Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen), Matt embarks on a road trip with his dad to develop films from his early photographs. This trip was necessary also because the materials needed to develop films are not going to be produced anymore, and thus it was indeed the last moment to save early photos. Symbolically, it was also the last moment for the father to build relations with his lost son.

What has been portrayed nicely are conversations between father and the son, which looked quite realistic. It was indeed to be expected of a betrayed son to be snappy at his father, regardless of illness, for not being there when he was growing up. At the same time, it was very realistic that he reacted with sadness and compassion when he realised why he was invited to the road trip, and which photos his father wanted to save. In addition, what was nicely portrayed was the love for photography. Like the father said, photographers are obsessed with time so they record it with photos…

Not an unpleasant watch, albeit not the most exciting film either.

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