Frankie redux


I caught a preview screening of Dear Frankie tonight, and I just might have liked it more the second time around than I did when I saw it at last year’s festival. I’m working on a full review at the moment, but for now, I just want to amend one of my earlier comments. I said before that the film’s climax is “a bit of a cheat,” but now that I have seen the film again, knowing what all the final revelations are, I can see that the film doesn’t “cheat” as much as I once thought. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but what I will say is that the writing and acting in certain key scenes is wonderfully open-ended and kind of mysterious; there is more going on than seems apparent at first. I understand the film is very slowly expanding into more and more North American cities — it doesn’t officially open in Vancouver for another week or two — so keep an eye open for it. It’s a nice little gem.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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